Favor sees his herd destroyed after he takes a calculated risk in taking a dangerous short cut to get the herd to market ahead of a rival. Favor and the owners have to decide if he is up to bossing another herd.
Gil Favor loses almost all of his herd when he dashes through the dangerous Devil's Patch Quilt Pass in a fierce storm. He was racing trail boss Tom Bickle to the depot, because there's not enough rail-cars for both herds. The winner gets top dollar, the loser would have to spend money penning up his steers, till a long enough train comes running in. Gil's trail-bossing career may be over, and he hasn't enough cash to pay his beat-up cowpunchers. Shipping agent Brock Dillman takes a financial beating too, so the reptilian middle man oils up his prize Navy pistol to take it out on Gil. Written by