Pearl Taylor left her conventional home and life in Toledo, Ohio, to take up gambling on the Mississippi. She survived life in a boom camp in the Arizona Territory and ultimately became an outlaw. Once caught, she awaited trial for an armed stagecoach robbery, while reporters dubbed her "The Bandit Queen".
Sara Marcello, a writer with roots in Italy, is invited to the island villa of Ugo and Olivia Bellini, two wealthy and worldly antiquarians. In this place of myth, belonging as much to Homer and Prospero as to the present, Sara discovers that she is at the center of Olivia's obsessive desire to possess the secret of creative genius. And, although she doesn't know it, Sara is also replaying the sixty-year-old tragedy of her grandmother, Gelsomina.
"Mary, Dallas, TX"
To Old Pete's owner, it had always seemed that Pete would be the first to go. At 30 years of age, it even appeared likely. Now Old Pete's owner is confined to a hospital bed, though, and Old Pete is still going strong. But there might be some way that they could get together again for a last ride, prospecting up a mountain, just the two of them, who would have been together for a longer time than most married folks.
Jake, a cruel and abusive husband, inexplicably sends Nan and her son to a Western dude ranch. There, they recover from their mistreatment, and meet Ben, the ranch owner. Ben is a Western man schooled by his faithless ex-wife in the ways of human unhappiness. Nan and Ben realize that they have much in common, and that they share a mutual attraction. However, Nan still has hopes that Jake can reform. But when Nan and her son return home, Jake's hostility drives the boy to attempt suicide.
"Only hope it gives is that it ends!"
Joanna O'Keefe sells off the family holdings in Texas to go find her husband in New Mexico territory. He went with John McLeod, dreaming of a cattle empire with millions of acres for the taking. On her way, Joanna meets Angus McLeod, bound to join his brother. When they arrive at the Circle MC they learn Alex has been murdered by unknown assailants.