When the United States Air Force attempts to take possession of his ranch to extend its missile range at White Sands, John Vogelin undertakes a life of defiance.
Abbey's 1962 novel tells the story of an old rancher and his 12-year-old grandson. John Vogelin's property is threatened by a U.S. Air Force missile range that the government wants to extend to his land. Vogelin remains defiant, refusing to agree to the takeover and, in the end, demonstrating the power that a fully committed individual can wield when faced with the bureaucratic inhumanity of the state.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Genres
Subgenre: Action + Thrillers, Literary, Family + Friendship, Conflicts + Dualities, Politics, Westerns, Stages of Life, Society + Social Issues, Human Qualities + Behavior, General