Baran and Molly Shipley rescue an Indian boy who is the only survivor of a thwarted Indian attack on their wagon train in 1839 north Texas. The twelve-year-old Indian boy, Wa-Che-Bap, is nursed back to health from a bullet wound received in the failed battle. He becomes a son to the two good people, and the three of them are cast out by the rest of the wagon train because they have an Indian aboard. They strike out west into New Mexico territory. Finding a deserted ranch house of great charm, and finding they can receive this house and six thousand acres as a grant, Baran Shipley applies and receives it. The story moves down through the years, right up to 1981, and is an action-filled, sometime sad, sometime happy story of a family that stands by each other no matter what.