Jabez Morton goes to a nearby field to drive some cows to an upper pasture. He pulls down part of Carson Belfield's pasture fence so as to drive the cows through. Belfield, who is sitting on a stump smoking his pipe watching his two children, Walton and Hulda, rises angrily and, rifle in hand, goes toward Jabez. Belfield orders Jabez to stop pulling down the fence and when he refuses, shoots him. James Morton, with his wife, Eliza, and their two young boys, Boone and William, run to the pasture. They vow to revenge Jabez. Fifteen years later, William and Boone while walking in the mountains, see Walton and Hulda. William fires at them, but misses his aim. Boone refuses to shoot, saying, "I do not make war on women." A few days later, Boone is sitting alone in the mountains and is surprised by Hulda. He lowers his rifle and laughs. Angered by his manner, Hulda fires at him, hitting him in the knee. Ashamed of her act, she kneels beside him and bandages his wound. When she leaves, her ...
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