Read the novel that started it all - Zane Grey's first western, a thrilling tale of one man's battle against outlaws. Jack Hare is plagued by bad lungs. A move from the crowded East coast to the fresh air of the West transforms his health, but he finds his life endangered from another source - outlaws who have kidnapped a beautiful half-Navaho woman named Mescal. Zane Grey was a dentist before he turned his love of writing and the outdoors into a successful career. The Heritage of the Desert was his first best-seller, and shaped Grey's status as the foremost author of novels set in the American West.