Bruce Campbell Wetheral has apparently no future, but suddenly finds himself the sole beneficiary under his grandfather's will. Stuart Campbell had been an aggressive and obstinate old man convinced that oil could be found in the Rocky Mountains. Now his grandson decides to take up the challenge. But time is against him -- the time to live, the time to vindicate his grandfather's obsession, and time to save the land itself from impending disaster.
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"John Buchan, Stevenson, Henty and Rider Haggard would all, I think, look benevolently upon Mr. Innes" (Elizabeth Bowen)
"A fast and expertly managed story... the Rockies, the squalid 'ghost towns', the dam-building - alll memorably represented" ( Sunday Times)
"The British have always been good at producing adventure story writers. Hammond Innes was exceptional even within an exceptional breed..he was...a romantic adventurer in the style of Rider Haggard, Robert Louis Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling" ( Guardian)
"Mr. Innes's readers were addicts when it came to his books, which were cinematic in sweep and sold 40 million copies" ( New York Times)
A desperate man discovers friendship and foul play, love and greed high in the Rockies in this thrilling tale of hope and survival against the odds.
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