`With searching eyes he studied the beautiful purple, barren waste
of sage. Here was the unknown and the perilous.' The novel that set
the pattern for the modern Western, Riders of the Purple Sage was
first published in 1912, immediately selling over a million copies.
In the remote border country of South Utah, a man is about to be
whipped by the Mormons in order to pressure Jane Withersteen into
marrying against her will. The punishment is halted by the arrival
of the hero, Lassiter, a gunman in black leather, who routs the
persecutors and then gradually recounts his own history of an
endless search for a woman abducted long ago by the Mormons.
Secrecy, seduction, captivity, and escape: out of these elements
Zane Grey built his acclaimed story of the American West.