Suffering from shell shock and loss of memory, Ben Darby goes into the mountains with Ezra Melville, an old family friend who believes he can supply the "stimuli" which the doctors say Ben needs. A contested mining claim, a gang of crooks, the kidnapping of a beautiful girl, a half tamed wolf named Fenris... these are some of the stimuli provided in good measure.
he prisoner Kinney was moved and stirred as if confronted by the risen dead.
The old man himself halted, returning Kinney's stare. The moment had, still half concealed, an unmistakable quality of drama. In the contagion of suppressed excitement, the other prisoners paused, their tools held stiffly in their hands. Kinney's mind seemed to be reaching, groping for some astonishing truth that eluded him.
The old man ran, in great strides, toward him. "My God, aren't you Ben Darby?" he demanded.
The convict answered him as from a great distance, his voice cool and calm with an infinite certainty. "Of course," he said. "Of course I'm Darby."
For the moment that chance meeting thrilled all the spectators with the sense of monumental drama. The convicts stared; Howard, the second guard, forgot his vigilance and stared with open mouth. He started absurdly, rather guiltily, when the old man whirled toward him.
"What are you doing with Ben Darby in a convict gang?" the o
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