In an age of pioneering grit and glittering greed, a native servant and her Cavalryman lover chase the dream of a fortune in gold.
ANNACARA is an Apache servant, given fanciful dreams through piano lessons by an officer’s lady at a fort in 1896. Her obsessive love for Cavalryman LARNE sees her following him, through Los Angeles where she longs to stay, to San Francisco’s Chinatown.
A steamboat carrying men caked in gold arrives from the mighty Yukon, and Larne seizes the chance. That rip-roaring hell of a stampede tests their courage and love when faced by those whose sole aim in life is to dance on the grave of anyone more blessed. Annacara's warrior instincts are inflamed to devastating effect. A man lies dead, a child kidnapped, a goldmine stolen, and Larne lost.
Answers lie with an ex-aristocrat, his woman and actress daughter – a Mexican-Opata, enemy of the Apache.
Searching back in Chinatown, the 1906 earthquake forces Annacara and a troupe of showgirls to trek down the Camino Real mission trail to Los Angeles.
The keys are found there as Hollywood’s notoriety grows, and for Larne, at the Panama-Pacific Exposition.
In 1920, Annacara performs in Los Angeles with the famed Chautauqua-circuit players, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt asks her what happened to the gold. Her answer is simple.
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