East of The Giants Author:George R. Stewart Juan Godoy: A handsome, spirited ranchero and hard-riding revolutionary. — Judith Hingham: The beautiful and passionate daughter of a New England sea-captain, who eloped from her father's ship to be with him. — California--1831 Where they encountered the rough forces of the fronter, and the subltle, but equally dangerous, thrust of a civilizati... more »on coming into fuious existence.
California was ruled by more violent influences than Judith Hingham had ever encountered in the States. At first the conflicts were with the church and night-raiding Indians. Later, the trappers led Americans through forbidding mountains to Northern California, and Sutter gave them guns. The resulting revolution was brief and conclusive. California became a State.
The Bear Flag Revolt and the war with Mexico had lacerated three hundred years of California tradition. But when gold was discovered, Judith saw her own life and her family shaped, not by the mettle of her own New England past, nor by the ardent aristocracy of her Latin husband, but by the turbluence of the land itself.« less