In the ranch lands of Eastern New Mexico, Stoney has the way of life he only thought existed in dreams: a nice ranch, good cattle and horses, a beautiful and successful real estate agent for a wife, and a much respected reputation amongst his neighbors and in his community. But after a series of unfortunate events, his life begins to unravel. A suspenseful tale of greed and revenge set in the mid-1980's Bob Johnson's novel is the stuff classic westerns are made of. Trying desperately to restock his ranch, after a three-year drought, Stoney makes a deal with unscrupulous young banker, Bud Thurman. This banker is in the hip pocket of a powerful agricultural corporation. They want Stoney's ranch and its shallow water so they can turn it into farmland and Bud is all too happy to foreclose on Stoney-and rewrite, behind Stoney's back, to include everything he owns. Together with the help of corrupt politicians, they not only bring about Stoney's desent into alcoholism, depression, and divorce, but rob him of his beloved way of life as well. As things hit bottom he realizes he can't take this sitting down. With help of some close old friends, a young couple attending a university in France, and his ever faithful dog, Pecos, he is able to smuggles his horses off the ranch to save them from the slaughterhouse, and wreck clever and powerful revenge on his adversaries. In his classic western tale, set in modern times, of greedy landowners, disingenuous bankers, and honest, hardworking cowboys, Bob Johnson brings the spirit of the old west back to life. Following the fall from grace and redemption of his modern day "gunslinger," Johnson crafts a powerful, character-driven tale of a man versus big business and the spirit of capitalism's destructive force on the nature of America. Full of emotional honesty and spirit, The Wind Passes is a tense thriller that delivers action with a vengeance.