The Relaford ranch in Colorado is the scene of most of the action in this novel, which was first published in 1928 and reprinted in 1976. But the schoolhouse, and particularly the schoolmarm, is of special interest to the young men. Billy Relaford is especially drawn to Agnes.
Some of the experiences are described through letters. Other action has direct dialog and interaction of characters as Billy’s relationship progresses with Agnes and “an unpopular church, but a branch that doesn’t believe in polygamy.”