Daniel, Mingo, and Jeremiah encounter the Garth family, whose patriarch is forcing the local Indians to mine coal ("the flaming rocks"). The chief of the Tuscarora threatens to kill them all if Daniel doesn't intervene and stop him.
A young sailor named Willy Crawford is on the run after participating in a mutiny on a British ship. After befriending Israel he goes to Boonesborough to start a new life. But it isn't long before his past catches up with him.
A wagon load of guns is headed for Boonesborough with Daniel and Mingo in charge. An outlaw named Dekker plans to steal the wagon using information bought from Amos Fargo. Unknown to Fargo, his sister is traveling with Boone.
When Josh tries to play a trick on a friend at an auction, he accidentally wins, and finds himself stuck with the one thing he can't handle - an indentured servant who happens to be a very attractive young woman.
Daniel agrees to a request of a friend to take his son, whom he regards as spoiled and irresponsible, and teach him the ways of the wilderness and learn something more manly than the painting the young man seems most interested in. Daniel and the young man both get more than they were bargaining for in the process.
When his guitar is accidentally wrecked, Josh travels to a small village in search of the German guitar maker who he bought it from, hoping to buy a new one. But the attitude of others in the town when asked about the man cause Josh to suspect that his friend may be dead, and he wants to find out how it happened and why.
Two Boonesborough settlers are attacked and robbed, and both describe their assailant as a "black Indian". Daniel and Gideon track and find the man, who claims to be an escaped slave who fled and joined the Indians after killing the brutal master who had killed his wife. But Daniel wonders if he is telling the full story.
The US Government wants to negotiate a right of passage through Wyandot land. Daniel agrees to help by escorting his friend Chief Campuits to Gen. Grosscup. But once in the fort Grosscup double crosses Boone and throws them both into jail.
John Gist had gone to Canada rather than fight the British. Now, after American independence, he wants to come back and live again on his land. Daniel is caught in the middle trying to help his friend against those who see him as a traitor.
Highwaymen - known as "buckaroos" - are robbing people around Boonesborough. After the British offer a rich reward for their capture, Daniel discovers the man responsible is an old adversary from a time when he and Mingo were robbed.