First serialized in 1919, the novel takes place during WWI and tellls the story of Kurt Dorn, a wheat farmer in the state of Washington whose father is German and his mother American. Though he has a successful farm, there are groups that would like to prevent wheat from being harvested at all, including a group of Bolsheviks, the Industrial Workers of the World, which is led by a German spy financed not only by Germany but also secretly by a German wheat magnate.
©1918 An earlier version of War Comes to the Big Bend first appeared under the title “The Desert of Wheat” as a twelve-part serial in The Country Gentleman (5/4/18-7/13/18). Copyright © 1918 by The Curtis Publishing Co. Copyright © renewed 1946 by Lina Elise Grey. Copyright © 2012 by Zane Grey, Inc., for restored material. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.