Owen returns home from the war and has a heartfelt reunion with his uncle. They get searched by Phineas Shattuck, and Owen finds out about Vance Hubbard.
Owen goes home and has a reunion with his dad. They have another confrontation with Shattuck. Vance Hubbard and Andrew have a meeting about a letter to his mother and sister that Owen volunteers to take
Owen travels to the town and evades the men guarding the Hubbard's. He delivers the letter and the women ask him to help them escape. He agrees and they sneak out finding their way to the thicket.
Banty and Red Upjohn find them and keep them there. Mrs. Hubbard begs for Owen to not be hurt. Owen escapes from them and heads home only to find Zach to be killed and his house burned down. He goes to his dad house and gets arrested by Shattuck
They meet up with Chancellor who follows them to make sure they don't die. The people from the thicket are waiting in the cell to rescue them. The kidnap both Shattuck and Owen (kinda). Vance is shot on their way back to the thicket.
They reach the camp,Vance Hubbard dies, and Andrew takes his position in the thicket. While morning Vance they get a warning that someone is going to invade the thicket