A collection of twelve Western stories. The first tells how a ranch cook’s helper called “Spider” wins his spurs and “chaps” and becomes a full-fledged cowboy while on a cattle drive. Next a rancher battles a greedy land development company to stop them from grabbing the water rights in his valley and destroying his cattle “Kingdom.” Complicating matters is the discovery that the woman he loves is married to his bitter enemy. Following the opening pair are eight short tales exploring the variety of ways romance blossoms in the west. Then O. Henry tells how a cattle queen mended a broken love and finally an Owen Wister story of how a cowboy found Christmas.