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.
Shane is a 1949 novel by Jack Shaefer about the Starrett family, homesteaders in Wyoming in the late 1800s. The story is narrated by the homesteader's son Bob, who recounts how the Fletchers began to encroach on their territory, intimidating them and trying to buy up their land. However, a brave and mysterious gunman named Shane saves the Staretts, fighting off the Fletchers and allowing the Starrett's to keep their land.