When big corporate coal strip-mining interests begin to take over a ranching town in southeastern Montana - wide open coulee and bluff country - all hell breaks loose. It seems the land is fighting back: vast sage flats erupt in fire, massive storms blast down from all directions, rattlesnakes strike from out of nowhere, and an extinct buffalo wolf is heard howling in the night. And one man tries to hold back the tide of disaster caused by corporate greed: Joe Graves is a rancher, whose family has ranched this arid, harsh land for generations. He knows the land better than anyone; he hunts, and fishes, and considers the land an extension of himself. But what he doesn't know is that his father sold the mineral rights to the ranch. And Graves is about to find out that Dark Star (the corporate coal giant) is coming to claim those rights as well as his water. What Dark Star doesn't know is that it will have more than a man to fight. The very elements are set against them.
Steeped in atmosphere and electrically charged with emotion and suspense, this graphic, shocking novel will leave no doubt about John Holt's authority as a novelist and about his own dark vision of what "civilization" is doing to the West.show more