The Californios Author:Louis LAmour High Stakes, In 1844, nobody believed their was gold in California, that is, except the Mulkerins and an old Indian with mystical powers. The Mulkerins needed a treasure to settle the debt on their Malibu ranch. The Indian was willing to lead them to one. But riding hard on their trail was the greediest brand of cutthroats north of the Baja.... more » Killing was their buisness. Doing it for gold would only make it serrter.