By Louis L'Amour
They got here via river and through wagon teach, braving the never-ending distances of the nice Plains and the icy passes of the Sierra Nevada. They have been males like Linus Rawlings, a stressed survivor of Indian nation who’d headed east to work out the sea yet left his heart—and his home—in the West. They have been ladies like Lilith Prescott, a sensible, lively good looks who fled her kin and fell for a playing guy in the course of a frontier gold increase. those pioneering women and men sowed the seeds of a state with their courage—and with their blood. here's the tale of ways their paths might meet amid the epic fight opposed to fierce enemies and nature’s cruelty, to win for all time the wealthy and untamed West.
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Every woman wanted a home, protection for herself and the children she would bear…hence, whenever man and woman meet there must ever be this struggle, not so much to win the man, but to keep him after he was won. And she did not have weeks or days, not even hours…she had minutes only. “Linus, I am asking you…can’t you still feel that kiss? Or was it only me? Do you want to forget it? ” “You make me feel like a man come face to face with a grizzly b’ar on a narrow trail. ” He stepped up to her again and she stood her ground, her face lifted, calm, secure, proud…but frightened, too.
Other Indians might come to rendezvous with these, or some Ute might move back far enough to discover him. Once seen, cut off as he was from the other white men, he would be surrounded and killed. But a sudden attack by him now, from an unexpected quarter, might work in his favor. At that moment, when the Utes were likely to be confused and uncertain, Linus chose to act. Three Utes were exposed to his rifle. One was some distance away, two were relatively close by. Lifting his rifle, he settled his sights on the spine of the nearest Indian.
I wondered where you’d got to. Think of it, Eve, we’ll build rafts and float down the Ohio. ” “Yes, Sam. ” But her thoughts were asking: Would that man she had never seen, that man of whom she dreamed, would he be out there somewhere? In the Ohio country? She looked up at Sam, so eager, so ready for the challenge. Suddenly she felt a sharp pang of fear, so sharp she almost cried out. “Be careful, Sam,” she said, almost whispering it. ” He grinned at her, his eyes dancing. “Careful? ” Chapter 3 EVE PRESCOTT STRAIGHTENED up from the fire and brushed back a lock of her hair.