Texas Dream Catcher
: Working notes by barbara.wilkey
CHARACTERS & OTHER INFORMATION:
Sonsee-array 'Soni' Adler -- A tribal name meaning 'morning star'. She's 5'4" black hair and large brown eyes. Inherited huge ranch after her father died. Mother was Lipan Apache. Her name Jacali and she died during the birth of Soni. Her father never remarried. Soni's an only child. She's 27 years old; born February 1987. The house is a 4000 square feet ranch house, with some Mexican influence. The time is August 2014. She flies a Baby Bell helicopter and is an excellent horse rider. For a vehicle, she drives a Range Rover Sport, white. She can hold her own when it comes to ranching jobs. She carries a Laredo Bowie knife in her sheath.
Goliath and Mack are always by Soni's side. Golith's a Great Pyrenees about 5 years old. Mack's his son about 18 months old. Nobody gets around Soni without these boys' approval.
Name of the Ranch -- Rockin' A. The ranch, 625,000 acres is set in Texas, south of San Antonio, and north of Laredo. I35 runs through the ranch as does the Nueces River. On the North West side of the ranch, about 150 miles from Eagles Pass, is a small community, about 375, of Lipan Apache Native Americans. They've been allowed to live there, by the Adler family since 1884, when the rest of the Lipan Apaches were escorted to Oklahoma and New Mexico. On the ranch are buffaloes, longhorns and Brahman cattle, dairy cows, goats, sheep, quarter and appaloosa horses, and farming, wheat, cotton, corn, milo, along with regular gardening beside the house. There are many herding dogs on the ranch. Numerous wild animals roam the ranch.
Soni's father -- Raymund, called 'Ray' Adler. Adler's a German name meaning 'eagle'. Ray lost the battle to lung cancer about three months prior to the beginning of the novel. He was 52, born in March 1962, on the ranch. He inherited the Rockin' A from his father. The ranch has been in the family since 1834.
Shaman, his title, Kuruk, his first name, means 'bear' in Apache, is Soni's grandfather and her late mother's father. Kuruk still chooses to wear the tribal buckskin. His hair is graying but the former long black hair is evident. He's very proud of his Native American heritage. He was born April 1944 and is 70 years old. He stands a little over 6' tall, and is a very quiet but domineering man. He loves his granddaughter and always shows up in her time of need. He carries 3 throwing knives hidden at all times.
Alejandro 'Alex' Garza was Ray's ranch foreman and has worked on the ranch for 28 years. He's 49 years old. He remains there and is Soni's go to person. He struggles some with English. Mexican Spanish is his native language. He's firm and no nonsense, but gentle. He loves Soni like a daughter. He and his wife have lived in the ranch house with Ray and Soni since before she was born.
Tatiana Garza is Alex's wife. She's the housekeeper/cook. Since Soni's mother died during childbirth, she raised Soni. She and Alex never had children. Her English is better than Alex's. Mexican Spanish is her first language.
Jacob Blackwood (alias: Jim Burns) is a member of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, (ICE). It's part of Homeland Security. He left the Marine Corps as a captain to join ICE. He's originally from New York City and now lives in Laredo. He spends much of his time in the field. He has no problem reminding people there's no such thing as an ex-Marine: Once a Marine always a Marine. Semper Fidelis -- always faithful. Jacob is 6'3" and 225 pounds of pure muscle. He has sandy hair and sky blue eyes. He carries a Glock 40 cal. It has a 15 round clip. He also carries a marine force night stalker bowie knife. Drives a 2014 black Chevrolet Suburban. Inside it hidden, he keeps a M40A1 sniper rifle and a M249 squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) Soni gives him the name of Apache name, 'Bimisi' meaning slippery.
Spanish Daggers -- type of yucca, sharp daggers for leaves, hence the name -- They have beautiful flowers and edible fruit. is Spanish for table, and another name for mesa is table mountain.
Mesas form in arid climates in regions where nearly flat rocks, either sedimentary beds or large lava flows, serve as cap rocks. These resistant layers protect the rock beneath them from eroding.
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