(From the publisher):
In his youth, rancher Wes Hendrix was one of the few men to ride and stay on the legendary bucking horse, Midnight. Now Wes is stubborn, lonely, sometimes cranky, but he knows the land, respects animals, and works hard. When developers threaten to take his ranch to build a recreational lake for free-spending tourists, Wes vows to save the land. But he finds himself in a one-man battle against his family, the people of Big River, and some of his longtime friends.
His son Truman, a Dallas businessman convinced that the difficult old man belongs in a nursing home, sends grandson Jim Ed to West Texas for the summer. In part Jim Ed is being punished for failing out of college but he is also sent to persuade his grandfather to sell his land. Jim Ed is not pleased at the prospect of a summer in exile.
The Man Who Rode Midnight is a story about the growing bond between Wes Hendrix and the grandson he still calls Tater, the city boy who builds a fence with him, post by difficult post sunk into rock-hard ground, even though both know that this hard-built symbol of independence will be torn down when the land changes hands - as inevitably it must.
Original title: The Man Who Rode Midnight
Genre: Fiction→ Western→ The West Still Lives
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Rural & Small Town Life