Synopsis by Elizabeth Smith
The music of rancher, singer, and songwriter Charlie Daniels plays a key role in creating the background atmosphere for this program that looks at how ranching has been a part of America since its earliest days. The show takes a look at how ranching developed in 12 western states. In addition to the original lyrics and music provided by Daniels, the program benefits from the outstanding photography of Kathleen Jo Ryan. Modern-day ranchers and others talk about how this way of making a living was handed down to them and the challenges they have faced over the years. Viewers learn how new technologies and other factors are likely to change this profession and way of life in the future.