near the â€œGateway to Yosemite.â€Â
bushwhackers and fighting off a thieving bullwhacker binds their bargain.
aid the Sanitary Commission helping injured and sick soldiers. It involves
chaste sweetheart kisses in exchange for tickets purchased by officers andÂ guests. As a contract freighter for the Army, Leander is invited. Much toÂ Leanderâ€™s chagrin, before his chance to claim his kiss, Kizzieâ€™s uncle steps inÂ and puts an end to the kissing game.
packing the wagon had used up what little reserve of energy Mima had still
possessed. She had watched as her mother had crawled into her wagon box next to
Meredith and, with a sigh, had leaned back against a stack of bedding. Jessie
had climbed into the seat to drive the wagon, settling the shotgun at his feet.
her teeth as she recalled how he had barked an order at her just as she had
finished handing the jug with the willow bark tea to Grandpa. â€œKizzie, make
sure the barn and corral are clear then catch up and get in the wagon. Weâ€™re
younger brother. Who was he to give her orders?