When Miguel Merrano first came to Mirror Valley, the land was green and lush…and off limits to Mexicans. Ranchers Tom Drake and Joe Stangle tried to drive Merrano out, to fence him out; and when he warned them that greed and overgrazing would ruin their land, they refused to listen. Now Merrano’s predictions have come true. The cattle are hollow ribbed and dying. And Stangle and Drake are broke… flat broke. Only Merrano’s ranch is thriving. As the ranchers watch him pay for goods in gold and sell his cattle at a profit, their hatred grows and festers…until they finally draw their guns, neighbor against neighbor, in a desperate act that could tear the valley apart forever.