The infant Phoebe Tannen was given to her aunt to raise when her mother Jenny left her husband. Jenny became a renown singer in San Francisco until a freak accident massively scarred the right side of her face. Phoebe, now an adult, has worked her way across the country on Major Adam's wagon train to find her mother. Like her mother, she has a beautiful voice. Outside Sacamento Phoebe falls hitting her head on a rock causing partial blindness and headaches. Adams takes her to a doctor who says she will go completely blind in about a week. Adams takes her on ahead to San Francisco to find Jenny before Phoebe loses her sight. Jenny refuses to see Phoebe but when a man mistakes Phoebe's singing and looks for Jenny's, Adams is forced to take Phoebe to see Jenny. However, before entering the house Phoebe passes out and loses her sight. Jenny has to watch in silence as Phoebe tells the Major she realizes now her mother never loved her.