John Henry Branch was born and reared among the cotton farms of West Texas. Early in his childhood, he became a “cowboy” at heart with a deep love for horses. With older brothers working on cattle ranches and Roy and Gene cleaning up the west on TV, he found himself longing to follow in their footsteps. He soon realized, of course, that those were the dreams of every young boy and that life had a deeper calling for him. After a four-year tour in the Army, with one year served in Viet Nam, he attended Criswell Bible College in Dallas, Texas, and earned a BA degree in Bible. Upon graduation in 1979, he answered the call of pioneer missions and moved his family to Casper, Wyoming, to pastor a fledgling church there. He would spend several years in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming and Colorado, working odd jobs to support a wife and three children while pastoring small congregations that were unable to support a full-time pastor. He grew to love the West with all of its colorful history and had a desire to one day share what he saw in that history in the form of a story. You hold that story in your hands.