I'm taking your horse. For the government. You know.
Owen was Released from war until his arm heals. He found shelter in his Uncle Zach's cabin. They Had an unexpected encounter with Phineas Shattuck, the leader of the heel flies.
Owen made it back home and met his father there. Later a man named Vance Hubbard came by to ask Andrew(Owen's father) to take a letter to his family who were taken. Owen didn't want his father to be harmed in the process so Owen said he would take it.
Vance is running from the conscript law.I help people like him hide.
Owen took the letter to Vance's family by saying he was taking them vitals. The heel flies took the whiskey he was carrying and knocked themselves out. Owen helped the family break out.He took them to the thicket but the people inside wouldn't let him leave.
Please help us leave.
I don't trust him.
Owen Managed to escape, went to uncle Zach's to find it burned, and uncle Zach shot and dead. He knew Shattuck had done it. When Owen got home he told his father(no harm came to him) what happened. Shattuck came out of hiding and said he was taking them to court.
Your going to court.
Don't take Owen. He's done nothing. Take me.
Chancellor stopped Shattuck from killing the two on the way to town. Chancellor rode with them to town and saw them to jail with the Hubbard's. Tyson(brother of Vance) pulled a gun and put the sheriff and heel flies in jail. They all ran away. Vance was shot in the back.
They got to the thickets and took turns caring for Vance. Three people reported what went on outside. A little later that night, Vance died. Jim Carew reported that Shattuck was bringing lots of troops to empty the thickets.