To the Last Man: A Story of the Pleasant Valley War is a western novel written by Zane Grey.
To The Last Man
is a shorter version of Tonto Basin
. Grey submitted the manscript of Tonto Basin
to the magazine The Country Gentleman,
which published it in serialization as To the Last Man
from May 28
through July 30
. This was a much shorter version of the original leaving out much of the backstory
. This shorter version was published by Harper Brothers
It is a story of a family feud healed by young love. The story is based on a factual event involving the notorious Hashknife gang of Northern Arizona.
The story follows an ancient feud between two frontier families that is inflamed
when one of the families takes up cattle rustling.
The ranchers are led by Jean Isbel and, on the other side, Lee Jorth and his band of cattle rustlers.
In the grip of a relentless code of loyalty to their own people, they fight the war of the Tonto Basin, desperately, doggedly, to the last man, neither side seeing the futility of it until it is too late. And in this volatile environment, young Jean finds himself hopelessly in love with a girl from whom he is separated by an impassable barrier.
Characters in "To the Last Man"