Spring of 1848, somewhere along the San Carlos River, Arizona, Comancheros attack and massacre three families bound for the riches of California. Protected by his mother's body, an infant is the lone survivor. Found by Mescalero Apache, they adopted and later named him Kilchii. Reared by the clan's chief, Sani, he learns the ways of the Apache. When Cochise calls for all the Apache to join him to drive the white-eyes from their land, Sani takes Kilchii, now a young warrior, and a box that contains Kilchii's heritage, to the San Xavier Mission.
2010: The truck's occupants, newlyweds Paul and Vanessa Duncan are at full alert; they're on the lookout for other vehicles. "There's a car coming," said Vanessa, the dread in her voice palpable. "I see it, Sweetie." Paul downshifted; he glanced at the dashboard to confirm the truck was still in four-wheel-high-gear. Like a wolf prowling its territory, a black limo filled with men whose stares conveyed evil crept from the darkness into the dim light of the street crossing. As the vehicle passed, the driver's side window lowered, and the newlyweds saw the malevolence in the driver's dark piercing eyes.