In 1756, a young Arapahoe child learns his father has been killed in battle and is taught the lesson that 'only rocks live forever'. The child is called Lame Beaver. 1795, a French-Canadian trapper named Pasquinel meets Lame Beaver and they begin trading - pelts for blankets, silver, beads, etc. from around the world. Lame Beaver says he'd like a gun next time the white man returns. The Pawnee also are interested in guns. A doctor introduces Pasquinel to a silver-smith to form a partnership to finance his trading trips. The silver-smith has a daughter, Lise, who is immediately captivated with the Canadian. When Pasquinel delivers the gun to the Pawnee chief, he meets Scottish mountain man, Alexander McKeag. Clay Basket, daughter of Lame Beaver, gives McKeag life-saving care when he is wounded.
Did You Know?
When asked in St. Louis, circa 1797-98, how far he had gotten upriver, Pasquinel states, "Cache La Poudre", but the river was not known by this name until after the 1820s, when a severe storm forced French trappers to "cache their gun powder" by the river bank. See more
But McKeag began to wonder how much the Indians had really known about Pasquinel. Did they confuse courage with honor? Still the young Scot could not leave the only friend he'd ever known, and the only woman he'd ever wanted. He only knew one thing for certain. It would be a hard winter.