In this amiable western, set in early 20th century Nevada, Hopeful Bill Dale prospects for gold. He is assisted by an ornery Irishman, two mules, an obnoxious parrot, a shy turtle, and his faithful dog. He aims to win the heart of local farm-girl Doris, but danger lurks in the form of shady Jim Lambert and his henchmen, who appear to be maneuvering to steal his claim. Bower, who is better known by her unsavory initials, B. M., had been a prairie housewife for many years and found writing to be a good way to deal with hours alone. Her prose is witty and descriptive of the colorful locales and characters of this story.