Zack and One Who Knows Horses have lived a good life in their hidden valley. Now their children are doing the same. Daughter Beth roams her mountains, knowing they have a story to tell. When she finds a journal about a Spanish captain detailing a task he must complete, she pursues the adventure.
The captain’s mission to move gold from the mountain will win him the woman who waits for him at home. Many dangers challenge the man, and he wonders if he’ll successfully complete the task. Beth holds the answer in her hands. As she reads of his trials and triumphs, she knows she needs to make a journey of her own to meet the family of such a courageous man. His past and her present collide, giving answers to questions that before had no answer.
During her travels, she sees a land ravaged by war between the North and South, each believing they were right. Small ranchers felt no need to get involved in a war that would not affect them no matter the outcome. But when troops took young boys from their homes, all that changed.