In the spring of 1885, when horse prices reach an all-time high due to government purchases of horses for the cavalry, wealthy Colorado rancher, Maxwell Jax, decided to organize a wild horse roundup in the canyon lands of the Utah Territory. When Jay Noble, the owner of the Grand Junction newspaper, heard of the venture, he offered to help finance the roundup on the condition that one of his reporters be allowed to accompany the expedition. Six men with varied and colorful backgrounds signed up for the adventure and after spending a week building a make-shift barrier across the mouth of a box canyon near Moab, the wranglers set out in search of wild mustangs. But after a shootout with Mexican bandits and a run in with starving Indians set on taking the horses for food, the men quickly discovered that rounding up wild horses would be the least of their challenges.
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