A return to the romantic past in a story of the early California missions when they faced the persecution of Mexican rule, and of Timothy La Motte, a Bostonian, who came to Monetary to trade and stayed on as the friend of Don Carlos Cataloni. Timothy is caught between his feelings for Mariana, Don Carlos's daughter, impudently imperious, and the more serious charms of Carmelita, half Indian, half Spanish, Don Carlos' ward. Carmelita, devoted to the Padre who had reared her, cannot escape the leering eye of a Mexican commandante. The Padre, whose mission is almost ruined by drought, sees his struggle to restore the missions lost when they are ""liberated"". And finally Timothy, recognizing that his love is Carmelita, goes to her rescue at the Mission where she has attended the dying Padre... Reasonably readable, rentable.