Mike Mallon is running away from his past. With his family's history, it is expected he will go to Mexico. Instead he goes north and founds the Double M Ranch in Corbit, Montana. Once there his life is intertwined with the men and women in the valley. Especially his wife, Janet, his best friend Nevada, the half breed, Maggie, and the town's founder, Ned Corbit. When the past catches up with Mike, it destroys not only his family but also touches the lives of everyone else in the valley. For better or for worse, Mike's temper ruins his relationship with many of those who have been closest to him. Only a bazaar twist of fate can right the wrongs and bring Mike the peace he so desires.