No Country for Old Men (2005) is a novel by U.S. author Cormac McCarthy. The story occurs in the vicinity of the United States–Mexico border, in 1980, and concerns an illegal drug deal gone awry in the Texas desert backcountry.
The title of the novel derives from the first line of the first stanza of the poem "Sailing to Byzantium" (1926), by W. B. Yeats. The book was adapted into the 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
While out hunting, Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck full of dead (and one nearly dead) men. A load of heroin is in one of the trucks and he finds two million dollars, which he takes home with him, nearby. He returns later that night to bring water to the one man that was still alive, is seen by the man whose money he took and sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law—in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell—can contain.