"With Cole's laughter, hot tears escaped his reddened and angry eyes and flooded his cheeks. This banishment was the ultimate hurt..."
"Garvey held the feather and pursed his lips with a troubled stare. '...Cole has will and courage, but he also has ugly anger. So what do we do with him? Do any of us know what caused that anger? And what if those same events had happened to each of us? How would we have reacted?'"
"When Cole's advance brought him within ten feet of the Spirit Bear, he made his move. He flung the spear with all his strength, fully intending to kill."
"The young bird was helpless. It knew nothing of pride or control. It pleaded only for help, wanting nothing more than a worm brought by its mother. The baby begged simply for life."
""I see a lot of myself in you. When I was your age, I spent five long years in prison for things I'll go to my grave regretting. I lived my early years here in Drake, but no one cared enough to take me through Circle Justice.'"
"[Cole's mom] 'Somewhere we took a wrong turn. Life got to be more than we could handle. Your father carried too much baggage from his past--baggage he never dealt with.'"