After weeks on the trail, Bill and the boys head for home. They spend some time with Houseboat Charlie, who runs the ferry across the Shady River at Misery Crossing. Charlie shares some hair raising stories of the old west.
It's been a very rainy spring and the Shady is close to flood stage. Huge thunderheads threaten flash floods on the Shady. And frost threatens local fruit crops. The rangers jump on their horses and ride to warn the farmers and ranchers along the Shady. Will Bill and the boys be in time to save residents? Will the people listen to the warnings? Can Bill save both the people and crops?