On the wild Texas frontier where barbarism and civilisation come in many forms, Rangers Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call are pitched into the long, bitter, bloody fighting under the command of Captain Inish Scull.
When Scull's favourite horse is stolen by the Comanches, he decides to track him down, leaving Gus and Call in charge. But, on their return to Austin, Gus is greeted by the news that his sweetheart is to marry another man and Call finds that the town's most notorious woman is desperate to settle down with him and become respectable. Scull's wealthy wife demands that her errant husband be brought home, the two men set off into the vast, untamed plains...
Comanche Moon, following on from the end of Dead Man's Walk and moving to the beginning of Lonesome Dove, showcases McMurtry's strong affinity for the landscape and its inhabitants with a deeply felt lyrical intensity.