When a one-eyed youngster named Jimmy Goodnight amazingly manages to free an axe stuck fast in an anvil at the county fair, folks take note that this boy will grow up to be someone important, a leader. Now an adult, Jimmy runs Home Ranch where, rumor has it, he talks to the animals, and they listen. But trouble has come to the canyon.
This rollicking novel follows aspiring screen writer and Hollywood newcomer Chick Goodnight - descendant of the legendary cowboy Jimmy Goodnight - as he strives to make his mark in an industry that seems completely alien to his down-home sensibilities.
Percy York Goodnight, or Pyg as he prefers, and his mother Revelie travel back to the family ranch in Texas to be reunited with Loving, a man with whom Revelie once shared a passionate affair. He's been shot and is near death, but that is not the only tragedy playing out in the Lone Star State. It seems that the ax of family legend, that once rested in Pyg's father's tombstone, has been stolen. Now Pyg's leading a posse aiming to get it back.
"Really a childish story of a serious situation."