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When Belle discovers that the sheriff, Jess, is interested in Lettie, she suggests Lettie go along with it, to spy. Lettie feels dishonest but agrees. At the cinema they see Will Forrest, Benoit's lawyer's son, who is in love with Nola. The next time Nola visits Benoit in prison, she asks after his cellmate, Walter Bird, who has dental problems. She is sure Benoit is going to be framed and decides to try to find the fortune-teller who told her things were going to fall apart, in case she knows who killed Grace and Sara.
Michael Horse is still in the wilderness with Redshirt, the horse, and wishes for the old days back.
Stace Red Hawk arrives the next auction day. Moses sells some horses, and John Hale is in town. Jim Josh, a neighbor, asks if Belle will come and look at his sore feet; Moses says he will drive him home. Moses brings presents back for his family from the auction. Meanwhile, Stace muses on the fact that this is the biggest oil sale that has ever happened. He is watching two young Indians, one of whom, Calvin, was hung by the thumbs until he lost the use of them at an Indian School. John Stink is also wandering around, thought to be a ghost. In the jail, Walter Bird is suffering heavily from toothache, and Mardy has been brought in for stealing a car.
Joe Billy has lost his faith. He talks to Dr. Black about Walker's suspicious death; Dr. Black agrees that it seems odd but is noncommittal. The doctor sees John Stink; Joe tells him it is only his ghost.
A few days later, Will Forrest drives to the Indian school to wait for Nola. He gives her a rose when she comes out; the teacher tells Nola to come inside, but she refuses, gets into the car with Will, and drives off with him as a tornado sets in. Lettie refuses to take cover in this tornado, taking the time to ask questions of a ouija board instead, but the board remains mute. The tornado destroys the Catholic church; its priest, Father Dunne, begins rebuilding it in the woods, in the place where the statue of Mary has been thrown.
Belle realizes that Will is courting Nola sincerely. When he proposes to her, Belle is unsurprised. She does feel Nola, at thirteen, is too young, but Nola says she is sure she is worth more to Will alive than dead, given her fortune, and that he will not hurt her. Lettie tells Benoit that Nola is marrying the son of his lawyer, but that she thinks it will be good for her.
Hale convinces his girlfriend, China, a white woman, to court and marry John Stink in order to inherit his oil lease payments.
Things change over the course of 1922 as Indians lose trust in whites; Benoit does not trust his lawyer enough to tell him anything, even though Forrest believes he is innocent. Trust is lost in the doctor. Meanwhile, Lettie follows leads across the country in search of her fortune-teller. The woman, Isabelle, is seeing "Watona" in her mind and knows that something is afoot in Indian territory, but Lettie does not find her.
Nola's wedding is set to be a huge event. Ben has received orders that he must go to Indian school and yearns to know how Nola...
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