Johnny Fristo and Speck Quitman, young, hard-working cowboys
from Fort Concho, Texas, have worked six months--at $20 a
month--on the Devilâ€™s River.Â Their boss, a hawk-faced cow
trader named Larramore,Â reneges on the money he owes the
boys and sneaks out of the cow camp and heads for San Angelo.
Fristo is tall and thin, his mind a hundred miles away;
Quitman is short, bandy-legged, and "bedazzled by the flash
of cards and the slosh of whiskey." The two are as different
as sun and moon but are inseparableâ€”and now they have a
mission: find Larramore and extract the money he owes them.