I was living with my parents in pre-Civil War Illinois when they are killed by an outlaw. I killed the outlaw and was forced to flee Illinois to avoid retribution from his family who are known robbers and killers. In Joplin, Missouri, I meet Mary Wilson, a 15-year-old runaway from an abusive orphanage. We travel to Phoenix where we meet Tommy Red Feather, a nine-year-old orphaned Indian boy living by his wits. The three of us form a family.