Part One: Red Morel, leader of a gang of outlaws, is driven from point to point, until finally he decides to land his plunder, carry it inland and bury it in a safe place beyond discovery. Bob Stewart, one of their number, deserts and starts out to begin life anew as an honest man. For three days he travels through marsh and mire. He is attacked by fever and delirium. He is found wandering by Pete Nelson, who takes Stewart to his home and cares for him. During Bob's sickness, in his delirium, he raves about the buried treasure and unconsciously tells where it has been hidden. Pete notes this unintentional information and awaiting a favorable time, locates and confiscates it. His conscience troubles him for having taken advantage of Stewart's condition and enriching himself by it, without sharing it with Bob. To relieve his mind, he proposes to Bob that they go into partnership and raise cotton on a large scale, offering him for his services, an equal share in the business. Pete ...
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