Bill Lovejoy was foreman of the largest plantation in northeast Arkansas. He wanted it all: land, money, women, and power. With boundless ruthlessness, he would stop at nothing to fulfill his desires. But one man, Mart Vowell, stood in his way. Beginning in and Brinkley, Arkansas, and Short Creek, Alabama, this feud of the “Old West” develops and climaxes in a tragic gunfight in Clay County, Arkansas. More than a typical "Western," this is a genealogical history, filled with historical, and geographical information. Horses, wagons, guns, trains, steamboats, cotton farming, hog raising, sawmills, timber, home remedies, lynchings, gunfights, hangings, and poker games: The story has all of these elements. It shows the development of the railroad and timber industries, and the cultural conditions of the times. The book is based on real events, with some fictionalization to fill in the gaps.