Oh, l'd seen this manner of things too many times before and had never growed used to it, simply because nobody ever died twice and it was always a different face you'd not be seeing anymore."" Jed (fifteen) is talking about the men coming back to Fort National--only some didn't--after battling the Sioux in the Montana Territory. But Jed's Pa came back, triumphant as always, being the best sergeant in the Regiment; that's why Jed aimed to protect him from the stranger who was saying he'd kill a certain sergeant with a missing finger. Skee-rewy, that stranger: ""He had a way of standing still that gave me the uneasies. You got the feeling that all the time he was standing still--sort of leaning still you might say--his mind was working like a storm."" To put the fellow off course Jed decided to lead him to where some money was hidden, $5000 stolen years back by a bank robber who'd thought he'd ""make life easy for the bookkeeper by taking out everything there was to count."" And this is the story of how Jed and a friend with the Indian girl from Jed McLane and Storm Cloud (1966, p. 761, J-283) and the stranger sought and found that money. . . and killed some Indians and came back heroes in the 1870's. Hellfire! It's a danged sight better 'n it looks!