Prior to the annexation of Texas to the U.S., a young, sensitive boy, taught by his cultured mother to play classical piano; read and love poetry and literature, Llewellyn Gans is in constant conflict with his father, Horst who berates his wife for teaching such subjects to his son when what he really needs is to develop the skills to survive in a harsh, unrelenting land.
The harassment and bullying leads to young Llewellyn deciding to leave home to find a job as a cowhand driving cattle from Texas north to the feedlots and transportation of the cattle to the East. To avoid heckling and harassment, young Llewellyn changes his name to Cody. Young Cody, while diminutive in body is an excellent horseman. Cody is fortunate in meeting another young man his age, Miguel whose Mexican mother and father taught him many of the refinements of Spanish culture.
The two young me...