Melody Malone fancied himself a traveling troubadour, heir to an ancient tradition. But by the end of his first day in Stanton City, Melody was in the ranching business - heir to nothing but trouble. Chance Corday had died at the C-C Connected ranch, and in his will he gave the spread to the first man who had the nerve to stand up to Quirt Hardin. Egged into a fight with Hardin, Melody was that man. Quirt Hardin was putting a brutal stranglehold on the ranch. Now Melody Malone was in the way. Hardin knew that the only way to get rid of the would-be rancher was to kill him. But he didn't know that melody could carry more than one tune - or that when it came to fighting for what was right, a six could do the singing.