It was not an easy matter to run horses and cattle across the Canadian line from Montana in those days, and the Horseshoe Bar Ranch seemed to be taking full advantage of that fact. Luke Bridger, range boss of the Horseshoe Bar, as well as many of his riders, was knee-deep in the conspiracy to rob the Montana stockmen. But tall, quick-acting Rowdy Vaughan wanted no part of the dirty business, and he and his side-kick, curly-haired, baby-faced Pink Perkins, decided to leave Fort Calgary for the Cross L Ranch in Montana as soon as they learned of it.
Old Eagle Creek Smith, owner of Cross L, was a character himself, but he knew men . . . and Rowdy Vaughan seemed just the man he was looking for. The only black mark against Rowdy was that he had appeared at the Cross L on a horse stolen from a neighboring ranch several years before – a horse Rowdy had won from Harry Conroy, who was not only top rider for the Horseshoe Bar, but also a brother of the pretty and independent Montana schoolma’am whom Rowdy had met in a blinding snowstorm on his way to the Cross L.
Finding pasture for Eagle Creek’s stock and trying to convince Jessie Conroy that she should marry him, when she knew what he thought of her adored brother, were two problems for which the usually resourceful Rowdy could find no solution . . . Until, taking a leaf from Luke Bridger, he decided to drive his half-starving stock into Canada. What Rowdy didn’t know was that big, bluff ranch-owner Bob Mahoney was behind Like Bridger and Harry Conroy – and he and his herd were almost to Canada when he found it out . . . And there, on the border, a savage contest of wills began – a contest that was not to end until Rowdy Vaughan had met his enemy face to face. . .