The confrontation between the central male and female characters. Riley O'Conner (Jade) is a hired gun and Indian killer. Crow Poison (Rain) is a whit..Show More »e woman stolen by Indians who married one of her captors and gave birth to his son both of whom are dead. Each is attracted to and repulsed by the other one. Will he kill her? Will she kill him? The locale is a small settlement (not yet a town) in southern Texas post civil war when westward expansion was accelerating, Indian tribes were not confined to reservations, raiding bandits from Mexico were commonplace and general lawlessness was prevalent. The author sets up the dramatic tension between Jade and Rain with utilitarian transactions. He has dirty clothes and needs to eat. She does laundry and cooks meals for pay. Money makes the world go around and so the relationship begins.