Shane is the story of the title character and his fight to save a small homesteading town in Wyoming where a powerful cattle baron, Luke Fletcher, is attempting to buy up huge tracts of land to pasture his herds. Shane is a former gunslinger who attempts throughout the novel to avoid the violence of his past, but he is drawn inexorably back into his old ways. At the novel's conclusion he saves the town and rides away sorrowfully.

Summary of Shane by Jack Schaefer

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