Imagine if Romeo and Juliet were set among the sheep ranching families of Arizona. Add in a heavy dash of frontier action and adventure, and that neatly sums up the plot of Zane Grey's To the Last Man, which follows a blossoming romance among members of feuding clans in the vast open plains of the Wild West.
Despite what some readers might assume, world-famous Western writer Zane Grey wasn't born on an isolated ranch in Montana or Wyoming. Instead, he grew up in the Midwest and attended the University of Pennsylvania courtesy of a baseball scholarship. He draws on his experiences as a college athlete in The Young Pitcher, which follows the travails and triumphs of player Ken Ward's university career.