Part I. On the Sun -- Eastbound to the West -- The lie of the land -- Rolling rocks -- The line -- The work -- Part II. The work -- Badluck -- Calluses -- Under the postcard sky -- Bones -- Part III. Bones -- Predators -- Leaving the road behind -- How it started -- The brush gun -- The silence that followed -- The long months -- Part IV. The long months -- What remains -- A hard wind -- Drifts -- Moving on -- Epilogue.
A narrative of a year on a southwest Montana ranch describes the author's time building fences, riding, roping, and caring for cattle while confronting a brutal pack of wolves in ways that challenged his views about conservation.