To the Far Corners is a novel about a comtemporary cowboy (from 1930 to 1960), who spends half his life hunting and being hunted by a man who wronged him.
The story, in flashback form, has ÒBooger RedÓ telling his wife and daughter, Annabelle, of the holes in his past, as they read the journal he has kept secret for many years.
Starting with his earliest memories, of losing his parents and being out on his own at fourteen, Red finds work as a cowboy. Drifting through good luck and bad, from hard times to windfalls, he finally reaches the peak of happiness at his marriage to his true love; only to lose everything within a year. Consumed with hatred, he goes to war, searching for the man who caused his grief.
He returns home wearing another manÕs name, and in trouble with the law. He tries to start a new life, but again and again, his past calls him away; until he and his adversary finally meet.
Unknown to Red, the outcome of this ÔmeetingÕ is witnessed by Annabelle. When Red realizes what has happened, he tells her that he will do whatever she decides after reading the journal; whether to call the police and have him arrested; whether he should leave home forever, or if she can accept what he has done so they can go on with their lives.