Tappan's burro: A prospector named Tappan rescues a sickly, lop-eared baby burro and does not realize that this is to be one of the most important things he will ever do. Black Jack: "Black Jack Hollis had been killed as Elizabeth Cornish watched. Recklessly, joyously, his black hair flying, Jack had ridden into town to see his infant son. Then a shotgun, fired from a window, had blasted him from his horse and flung him to his death in the street. 'I want his baby. Go out and get that baby for me, Vance, ' the spinster Elizabeth ordered. 'My dear, ' her brother Vance declared, 'before that baby is twenty-five-- that was his father's age-- he'll have shot a man ... Blood will out, like murder, Sis ... Bet you on it!'". The trail to Crazy Man: Shanghaied into forced labor on a merchant vessel, Charles Rodney dies aboard ship from repeated beatings -- but not before deeding part of his ranch to Rafe Caradec, whom he hopes will protect his family.