Hate in His Holster is the story of Dave Lanning, an orphan rescued by Bert Haney, ramrod of the YT ranch in Sunfisher, Nebraska. But Haney is old and ailing, and the YT is beset by problems, most of them spearheaded by Justin Tucker, who has been gathering homesteaders with the intention of moving onto YT range. Lanning is determined to protect the YT from incursion, but is taken aback when the new owner arrives, a woman who does not understand why the ranch hasn't been making the kind of profit it used to make and is determined to make some changes. In Fighting Man Tully Bain returns after a three year absence to assume his half ownership in Broken Bell ranch. He hopes this time to renew his courtship of Beth Carradine. But Bain soon finds that much has changed. Sherrif Bob Hoven has been beaten up and is living in hiding. Rocky and Pete Knapp of the Box K are making trouble for other rqanchers, and there have been five murders. Judge Carradine, Beth's father, holds motgages on a number of ranches, including Broken Bell and is intending to foreclose. Perhapse the change that means the most to Tully Bain is that now Beth Carradine wants to marry him, in spite of her father's intention that she should marry Pete Knapp of the Box K.