The Outlaw and the Pocket Watch
The Outlaw and the Pocket Watch, is a story of a Basque immigrant's adventures in America. Escaping the tyranny of the Spanish Government, he takes on a sheepherding contract in the mountains of Nevada and eventually brings his bride from Spain to raise a family by ranching sheep. Despite starting from nothing, and the always present prejudice that existed between the cattlemen and the sheep industry of the times, through Basque determination, he flourishes. It is a story of a young man coming of age, his first love and the concerns of both sets of parents, greater now, because the boy's family is in the sheep industry and the girl's in the cattle business. It is a story of an old Missourian outlaw, scared and callused by war, who years before, because of mistaken identity, was given another chance. It becomes his life quest to "set-the-scales-right." The characters are as varied as the nocturnal inhabitants of the Nevada desert and are as colorful as the sunset on the Great Basin. The story has more twists than the root system of the Bristlecone Pine. Far from the formulaic "quickest-gun-in-the-west" tale, The Outlaw and the Pocket Watch is a portrait of hard working and hard-fighting pioneers by a man who has lived in the hills.