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Nitika
by Tammy Watson (redwillow16@hotmail.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Action/Adventure   User Review:
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A white girl, adopted by an Indian Chief, finds herself being sold into slavery by a General given orders to wipe out all Indian Tribes in his area. She falls in love and becomes a hero when she kills the General while fighting for her life and the freedom of her people.


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FADE IN:

EXT. TRAIL IN A WOODED AREA - SNOWING - DAY
                                                            
Snow is falling and it is very cold. ADSILA is wrapped in a
skin on the prized paint mare. She is in a gloomy mood.
PALLATON leads the mare in silence, also in a gloomy mood
with the rest of the tribe following behind. The MEDICINE
WOMAN is walking along side the mare holding ADSILA'S hand.
                                                            
They come up on a wagon that has been robbed by bandits.
They stop to check the situation out. They hear a BABY
CRYING. The MEDICINE WOMAN walks up to the wagon and finds
the mother, father, and two children dead. She picks up the
CRYING BABY, and brings it over to ADSILA and PALLATON.
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
      (Smiles at Adsila
       and Pallaton)
Your child.
                                                            
ADSILA looks at her with curious eyes, and takes the CHILD
from the MEDICINE WOMAN. The CHILD stops crying. She looks
at the CHILD'S face and then smiles.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
      (Smiles as saying)
She has blue eyes.
                                                            
She starts HUMMING to the CHILD and the CHILD falls asleep
in her arms. PALLATON looks at ADSILA and smiles.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
What will you name her?
                                                            
ADSILA smiles again and looks into the BABY'S face.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Nitika. My Angel.
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
      (Smiles at Nitika
       and Pallaton)
Good name for beautiful child.
                                                            
The MEDICINE WOMAN puts a necklace with a blue stone on it
around the BABY'S neck.
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
May Mother Earth protect this
child through life's journey.
                                                            
 

2.

EXT. INDIAN VILLAGE - DAY
                                                            
Eight years later.
                                                            
It is now springtime. The village is busy about is daily
routine. The men and women are working in the fields
outside the village. Some of the men are in the village
working on drying and curing meat. Children run through the
village playing.
                                                            
NITIKA is playing with LUYU, CHESEAQUAH, ONACOMA, and
TAYANITA. They are all running around chasing each other.
All of a sudden, KANUNU runs up and pushes NITIKA down.
                                                            
NITIKA looks up at KANUNU.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Why you push me, Kanunu?
                                                            
                       KANUNU
You are different. You don't
belong here.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Why?
                                                            
                       KANUNU
You're not Cherokee.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I am Cherokee!
                                                            
                       KANUNU
No, you're not!
                                                            
TAYANITA comes over and pushes KANUNU down and hits him.
LUYU and ONACOMA come over and pull her off KANUNU.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
Let Nitika be! She is not
different!
                                                            
                       KANUNU
She isn't one of us! Ask Medicine
Woman, she will tell you.
                                                            
KANUNU points to the rising smoke at the edge of the
village.
                                                            
Nitika gets up and runs off.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
Stupid Kanunu!
                                                            

3.

She fights her friends holding her, but she can't break free
of their grip.
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
Come Tayanita, we will go play
somewhere else.
                                                            
The children run off. KANUNU gets up and starts playing
with some of the other children.
                                                            
ADSILA walks into the village and looks around for NITIKA.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Nitika!
                                                            
She gets no response
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Nitika!
                                                            
She still gets no response. ADSILA grabs a little boy
running past and bends down to him.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Kanunu. Where is Nitika?
                                                            
                       KANUNU
She didn't want to play. She is
with the Medicine Woman.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Where?
                                                            
KANUNU points to the edge of the Village near the treeline.
ADSILA sees smoke rising from a small fire.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Wado.
                                                            
KANUNU nods, and then runs off and starts playing with the
other children. ADSILA gets up and starts walking toward
the rising smoke.
                                                            
CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. MEDICINE WOMAN'S CAMPFIRE - DAY
                                                            
NITIKA sits down on the other side of the fire and watches
the MEDICINE WOMAN. The MEDICINE WOMAN is sitting "Indian
style" on the ground. The MEDICINE WOMAN is chanting to
herself with her eyes closed. She has a feather in her

4.

hand. She is fanning the smoke around her with the feather
as she chants. She notices NITIKA'S presence and stops
chanting, but keeps her eyes closed.
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
Yes, Earth Child? Why have you
come to me?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I want to be like you. I want to
learn your ways.
                                                            
The MEDICINE WOMAN opens her eyes and looks at her.
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
If that is the path the Spirits
choose, then you will.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Do you think that is the path they
have chosen for me?
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
No, but that is for you to find
out in your future.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
What path have they chosen for me?
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
I cannot tell you this, Earth
Child.
                                                            
NITIKA looks away and sighs. Then, she looks back at the
MEDICINE WOMAN.
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
Something else bothers you. What
is it?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
The others call me different. Why?
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
You are, Earth Child.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
They say I am not Cherokee. Is
this true?
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
By blood, no. By heart, you are
more Cherokee than me.
                                                            

5.

The MEDICINE WOMAN puts her finger to NITIKA'S heart and
smiles.
                                                            
NITIKA looks away.
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
This saddens you, Earth Child?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Why call me Earth Child? Where am
I from?
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
You are gift from Mother Earth. Go
to your mother. She will tell
you.
                                                            
The MEDICINE WOMAN smiles and nods in the direction of the
village. NITIKA smiles, gets up, and runs back towards the
village. The MEDICINE WOMAN closes her eyes and starts
chanting again.
                                                            
 
EXT. INDIAN VILLAGE - DAY
                                                            
NITIKA runs back into the village. She passes ADSILA
without noticing. ADSILA calls out to her.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Nitika!
                                                            
Nitika stops and turns.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Why are you in such a hurry?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I ask you something.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
You worry me. Why did you run
off?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I went to see the Medicine Woman.
Etsi, I have a question.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
What is it, Earth Child?
                                                            
ADSILA bends down and pushes the loose hairs out of NITIKA'S
face.
                                                            

6.

                       NITIKA
I want to know the story... of
how I come.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
      (smiles)
I will tell you later. Go play.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
When?
                                                            
                       ADSILA
When night falls. Go.
                                                            
NITIKA looks at ADSILA in disappointment.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Go. I will tell you later. I
Promise. Go play.
                                                            
Nitika runs off and joins the other children. Adsila shakes
her head.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Too wise, my Earth Child.
                                                            
NITIKA starts playing a game of marbles with TAYANITA,
ONACOMA, and CHESEAQUAH while LUYU watches them.

The children dig holes about 4 yards apart. TAYANITA and
NITIKA are one team, and ONACOMA and CHESEAQUAH are the
other team. Each one of them have a rock that has been
rounded into a ball. They stand at one hole and try to
throw their marble into the other hole and keep doing so
until they get their marble into the hole.

NITIKA goes first. She throws her marble and gets very
close to getting it into the hole.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (smiling)
You're next, Cheasequah
                                                            
CHESEAQUAH throws his marble and it lands a little behind
NITIKA'S.

NITIKA smiles.

TAYANITA throws her marble next and gets it in the hole.
ONACOMA goes next. His marble lands closer to the hole than
NITIKA'S. The three of them grab their marbles and go
again. NITIKA gets it in this time.
                                                            

7.

                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
We win!
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
You are lucky, that's all.
                                                            
A WHITE TRAVELER rides up on his horse. The children stop
what they are doing and go up to greet the stranger. He
dismounts and smiles at his greeters. He bends down and
pulls out little trinkets to give to the children. He
LAUGHS at their excitement as he hands them out.

PALLATON stops what he is doing and walks over to the
stranger. The TRAVELER returns to his feet. PALLATON
smiles and they shake hands. The TRAVELER trades supplies
with PALLATON and a few of the other men in the village.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Stay and eat with us. We would be
honored.
                                                            
                       TRAVELER
Why I'd be honored to do so. Thank
you kindly, sir.
                                                            
The TRAVELER sits with PALLATON and some of the men and
talk. The children watch this stranger intently.

Night falls. Everyone sits around a fire in the middle of
town and eats. The TRAVELER laughs and exchanges stories
with the villagers. They finish eating and the TRAVELER
gets up.
                                                            
                       TRAVELER
Thank you for the meal, but I
better be on my way.
                                                            
The TRAVELER gets up to leave. PALLATON gets up as well. He
holds his hand out for the TRAVELER to shake. The TRAVELER
takes his offer and shakes his hand.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Come visit us again.
                                                            
                       TRAVELER
I just might have to do that.
Thanks again. Bye, my friends.
                                                            
PALLATON nods and smiles. The TRAVELER mounts his horse and
rides off. NITIKA gets up and goes over to ADSILA. She
sits down beside her and tugs on her shoulder to get her
attention.
                                                            

8.

                       NITIKA
Tell me Etsi, please!
                                                            
                       ADSILA
You forget nothing. You are a
smart little beaver. Go to your
wigwam. I will tell you before
you sleep.
                                                            
NITIKA gets up and runs back to her wigwam. ADSILA gets up
and follows close behind her.
                                                            
 
INT. NITIKA'S WIGWAM - NIGHT
                                                            
NITIKA sits on a deer skin and awaits her mother's arrival.
ADSILA comes in not long after NITIKA.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Tell me the story now, please!
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Ok, my child. I will tell you.
                                                            
She sits down beside NITIKA and brushes the loose hairs out
of NITIKA'S face. Then, she begins her story.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
It was winter. Many moons ago, I
was with child. We were leaving
to find a new home. The Medicine
Woman blessed us for a safe
journey. She blessed me too. I was
close to having the child...
                                                            
 
EXT. AN INDIAN VILLAGE - NIGHT
                                                            
Indian Tribal Music PlayingÖ

There is a ceremony going on. A MEDICINE WOMAN is blessing
ADSILA with a child.

There are dancers around a fire. They are dressed up in
feathers and outfits. Men are CHANTING to the DRUMS that
are playing. The fire swirls around them.

(This scene will be said in Cherokee with English
sub-titles)
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
You will have special child.
                                                            

9.

                       ADSILA
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
Your child will become a hero
among our nation. She has a
destiny different from rest of the
nation. Give her a special name.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
I will...
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
      (Smiles)
May the Spirits be with you on
your journey.
                                                            
 
EXT. TRAIL IN WOODED AREA - SNOWING - DAY
                                                            
ADSILA and PALLATON are on the trail with the tribe to their
new home. It is cold and snowing. ADSILA is riding a
prized paint mare, and PALLATON is leading her.

They walk for a while, then ADSILA starts to go in labor.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
      (Says quietly)
Pallaton.
                                                            
PALLATON doesn't hear her.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Pallaton!
                                                            
                       PALLATON
What?
                                                            
                       ADSILA
It is time.
                                                            
PALLATON helps ADSILA off the horse, then builds a tent and
makes a fire off to the side of the trail. An older INDIAN
WOMAN comes over to help ADSILA while PALLATON is busy. The
rest of the tribe stops and waits.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Bring the Medicine Woman! Hurry!
                                                            
 

10.

INT. PALLATON'S TENT - NIGHT
                                                            
The MEDICINE WOMAN comes in to help ADSILA. PALLATON is at
ADSILA'S side holding her hand.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
      (Musters a weak
       smile)
My child, she is comingÖ
                                                            
The Medicine Woman smiles and nods.
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
Yes, it is timeÖ
                                                            
ADSILA begins to push. The MEDICINE WOMAN is delivering the
child.
ADSILA stops pushing to catch her breath.
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
Push, Adsila. Push.
                                                            
ADSILA begins to push again. The baby is born, but is deadÖ
ADSILA begins to cry, and PALLATON comforts her with tears
in his eyes. The MEDICINE WOMAN wraps the baby in a piece
of cloth. She hands the dead child to ADSILA.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
      (In tears looking
       at the Medicine
       Woman)
I do not understand. You promised
a child!
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
You have been promised a child.
This is not it. She will come
soon, you will see. Have patience.
                                                            
ADSILA is still crying, but looks at the MEDICINE WOMAN with
curious eyes.
                                                            
 
EXT. TRAIL IN WOODED AREA - NIGHT
                                                            
ADSILA is riding the paint mare, in a gloomy mood. PALLATON
is leading the mare. The crying baby stops them. The
MEDICINE WOMAN goes over and picks up the child. She comes
over to ADSILA, holds the baby out to her, and smiles.
ADSILA looks at the MEDICINE WOMAN with curious eyes...
                                                            
CUT TO:
                                                            
 

11.

INT. NITIKA'S WIGWAM - NIGHT
                                                            
ADSILA smiles at NITIKA.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Mother Earth brought you as a gift
to me. You are special. My Earth
Child.
                                                            
Nitika smiles and hugs her mother. ADSILA runs her hands
through NITIKA'S loose hairs.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Go to sleep now, my little one.
                                                            
ADSILA gets up and goes out, putting the deerskin over the
doorway as she leaves. NITIKA lays down, pulls another skin
over her, and falls asleep.
                                                            
 
EXT. A MILITARY CAMPGROUND - WINTER - DAY
                                                            
12 years later.
                                                            
There are SOLDIERS busily working everywhere, doing odd
jobs. SOLDIERS walk through the scene with horses. Some
are on horseback. There are men cleaning their weapons.
Some are around a campfire talking. A MAN rides up and
dismounts. He walks up to a nearby SOLDIER.
                                                            
                       DISPATCHER
I have a dispatch for the General.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#1)
Right this way, sir.
                                                            
The SOLDIER leads the MAN to the General's tent.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#1)
General, sir. You have a
dispatch.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Tell him to come in.
                                                            
The man walks into the General's tent.
                                                            
 
INT. GENERAL'S TENT - WINTER - DAY
                                                            
The MAN hands the GENERAL the dispatch. GENERAL JONES opens
the letter and reads it. Then, he looks up and smiles.
                                                            

12.

                       GENERAL JONES
My good sir, I've been waiting for
this for a long time. You may go
now.
                                                            
                       DISPATCHER
Yes sir.
                                                            
The MAN leaves. The GENERAL comes out of his tent. He
grabs the SOLDIER that brought the dispatcher to him.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Gather everyone. I have news to
share.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#1)
Yes sir.
                                                            
The SOLDIER runs off and gathers everyone.
                                                            
 
EXT. MILITARY CAMPGROUND - DAY
                                                            
GENERAL JONES walks in front of all the gathered SOLDIERS.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
I have just received orders to
wipe out all Indian tribes in our
area. We will finally stop these
savages from stealing our horses
and killing our men!
                                                            
All of the SOLDIERS begin to SHOUT and RAISE their GUNS and
SWORDS in the air.

The GENERAL puts his hands in the air, and everyone settles
down.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
We will start our fight tomorrow!
                                                            
All the SOLDIERS SHOUT and RAISE their GUNS and SWORDS in
the air again.
                                                            
 
INT. AN INDIAN VILLAGE - SUMMER - DAY
                                                            
NITIKA is grown now (about 20). She wakes up and comes out
of her wigwam and stretches. PALLATON is getting ready to
go on a hunt. NITIKA walks over to him to say good morning.
It is now summer.
                                                            

13.

NITIKA smiles, and gives PALLATON a hug and a kiss on the
cheek.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Osda sunalei father.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Osda sunalei my Earth Child.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Laughs)
Father, I told you not to call me
that. I am a woman now.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
You will always be Earth Child to
me.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Where is mother?
                                                            
                       PALLATON
She is over with other women,
where you should be. They are
grinding corn for the cold season.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
You know I am a free spirit.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Yes, I know. And always into
trouble. What will you do today?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I want to go pick berries by the
waterfall. I hear some of the
flowers are in bloom.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
      (Smiles)
I must go hunt. Try to stay out
of trouble. Bye, Nitika.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles back)
Bye Father, May the spirits guide
you on your hunt.
                                                            
NITIKA walks through their village to where the women are
working on grinding the corn and making clothes from animal
skins. She finds ADSILA and walks over to her.
                                                            

14.

NITIKA smiles, bends down, and gives her MOTHER a hug and a
kiss on the cheek.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Osda sunalei Etsi...
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Osda sunalei Nitika. What does
the morning say today?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
Good. The wind tells me it will
be a good day.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
      (Smiles at Nitika)
This is good. What will you do
today? Are you going to help us,
or run off on one of your
adventures.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I want to go to the waterfalls and
gather berries. Can I bring
Tayanita and Luyu?
                                                            
NITIKA looks at her MOTHER with pleading eyes.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Go! You will want to settle down
one day! One day you will fall in
love and want a child.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Yes. But right now, I want to be
free like the eagle. Wado, Etsi!
I will be back before the moon
rises, I promise!
                                                            
ADSILA gives NITIKA a sly look.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Sure. Keep out of trouble.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I will! Bye Etsi!
                                                            
NITIKA runs off to find TAYANITA and LUYU.
                                                            
 

15.

EXT. FIELD OF CORN OUTSIDE OF VILLAGE - DAY
                                                            
She finds them picking corn in the fields.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Hello my friends!
                                                            
                       LUYU
Hello!
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
Hi Nitika!
                                                            
                       LUYU
What will you do today?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I want to take the canoe to the
waterfall. The flowers are in
bloom, and the berries are ready
to be gathered.
                                                            
TAYANITA gives NITIKA a sly look.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
What else.. It is never that easy
with you. You always have other
plans.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Well, I want learn to hunt! Not to
kill... But, to protect myself.
You know...
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
You have warrior spirit.
                                                            
                       LUYU
Hunting is for the men. And, who
are you going to get to teach you?
You know your father is against
it.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
Cheasequah is going to meet us at
the top of the waterfalls. He made
a bow and knife for me.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
      (Laughs)
You are going to marry him one
day. You are perfect for one
            (MORE)

16.

                       TAYANITA (cont'd)
another. Both always into
trouble.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Maybe. But, I want someone as
free as me. Don't worry. Onacoma
will be there too. I know how
much you like him.
                                                            
NITIKA smiles and winks at TAYANITA.
                                                            
                       LUYU
Yes, everyone knows how much
Tayanita likes Onacoma.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
Stop you two! Lets go.
                                                            
 
EXT. INDIAN VILLAGE - DAY
                                                            
The three of them take the corn back to the village and grab
buckets to put the berries in.
                                                            
Some of the VILLAGE CHILDREN run up to greet NITIKA and her
friends. They are YELLING her name to get her attention as
they run up.
                                                            
NITIKA bends down to talk to them.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
And how are all of you today?
                                                            
                       CHILD (#1)
I'm doing great!
                                                            
                       CHILD (#2)
Me too!
                                                            
                       CHILD (#3)
Yeah, me too.
                                                            
                       CHILD (#1)
Nitika, play with us. Please?
                                                            
                       CHILD (#1, 2, and 3)
Please!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
Maybe later. I am going to learn
how to hunt!
                                                            

17.

                       CHILD (#2)
I want to learn how to hunt! Can
I come?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Chuckles)
No. You will learn when you are
older. You must stay in the
village for now.
                                                            
                       CHILD (#2)
I want to learn now!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
You will with time. I must go. My
friends are waiting on me.
                                                            
                       CHILD (#3)
      (Smiles)
Ok. Bye Nitika!
                                                            
NITIKA gets up, and waves at the CHILDREN. Then, the three
of them continue on their journey to the river.
                                                            
 
EXT. CORN FIELD - DAY
                                                            
They run back to the river to the canoe.
                                                            
The girls LAUGH and JOKE with each other as they walk
through the cornfield.
                                                            
 
EXT. RIVER - DAY
                                                            
It is a short trip to the falls and the three girls SING and
LAUGH the whole way there.
                                                            
 
EXT. WATERFALL - DAY
                                                            
Once at the falls the girls pull the canoe on shore beside
another canoe and start climbing to the top of the falls.
They reach the top and see CHEASEQUAH and ONACOMA sitting
there waiting on them.
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
You keep me waiting!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
You weren't here long! Where is
the bow and knife you were telling
me about? You said they were
            (MORE)

18.

                       NITIKA (cont'd)
beautiful. I want to see for
myself.
                                                            
                       ONACOMA
Cheasequah, this is a bad idea.
You know her father is against
this.
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
You didn't have to come! You
could have stayed with the others.
                                                            
                       ONACOMA
Someone must keep you from getting
into trouble.
                                                            
TAYANITA smiles and giggles.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
Hi Onacoma!
                                                            
                       LUYU
You know why he is here. I think
he has eyes for someone...
                                                            
                       ONACOMA
Hush Luyu!
                                                            
CHEASEQUAH pulls out the KNIFE and BOW SET and hands them to
NITIKA.
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
      (Smiles)
Here! I told you they were
beautiful!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
You weren't lying!
                                                            
CHEASEQUAH starts showing NITIKA how to use the BOW and
KNIFE. ONACOMA and TAYANITA start talking to each other,
and LUYU joins them. About an hour passes by. CHEASEQUAH
stops and signals to ONACOMA.
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
Ok girls, We must go meet up with
the hunting team. Come Onacoma!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Wado Cheasequah. You will have to
teach me again.
                                                            

19.

                       CHEASEQUAH
You don't need anymore lessons.
You are almost as good as me now!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I want to be better than you!
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
      (Smiles)
Never! I won't let you!
                                                            
CHEASEQUAH sneaks her a kiss. NITIKA smiles and kisses him
back, and then pushes him away.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
You better go!
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
Ok, ok, I'm going. Come on
Onacoma!
                                                            
ONACOMA sneaks in a kiss to TAYANITA, and then runs to join
CHEASEQUAH.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
Bye Onacoma!
                                                            
ONACOMA waves as he is walking away.
                                                            
                       ONACOMA
Bye!
                                                            
The girls watch them walk away. Then, they all look at each
other.
                                                            
                       LUYU
What do we do now?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
Go swimming!
                                                            
NITIKA ties the knife to her upper thigh, puts the bow set
over her shoulder, backs up, and runs and jumps off the
falls into the water below.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
You are crazy Nitika!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Come on! jump!
                                                            

20.

                       LUYU
No!
                                                            
LUYU climbs down the cliff and stands at the edge of the
water.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
You are scared. You should have
jumped! Come on, Tayanita! Jump!
                                                            
                       LUYU
No! I am not going to hurt
myself.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
Ok! Here I come!
                                                            
TAYANITA jumps in and laughs once she comes up.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
Come Luyu! The water is great.
                                                            
                       LUYU
Ok, I'm coming! You both are
crazy! You will kill yourself one
day!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Oh Luyu. You have to learn to be
adventurous!
                                                            
The three of them swim around for a few minutes, and then go
sit on the rocks under the waterfall.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
I saw Onacoma kiss you.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
      (Smiles and laughs)
Yeah, and I saw Cheasequah kiss
you.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
You like it?
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
Yes I liked it! You?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
It was okÖ
                                                            

21.

                       TAYANITA
You know it was better than OK!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Ok, okÖ So, maybe I like it. But
he's not a free spirit like me.
Luyu, now we have to find someone
you like!
                                                            
                       LUYU
Not anyone from our tribe!
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
What about Mohe? From the tribe
on other side of the forestÖ You
like him.
                                                            
                       LUYU
Yeah. But, He's the son of the
Chief. He would never look at me!
Isn't that who your Father wants
you to marry?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
It would never work. He is too
serious. He doesn't know how to
have funÖ
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
He's perfect for Luyu, then.
                                                            
                       LUYU
I know how to have fun! I do
things with you, don't I?
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
      (Smiles)
Yeah, because the other girls are
too stiff.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
That's not true!
                                                            
                       LUYU
They like you. You are the
Chief's daughter.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Well, I'm hungry. Let's go pick
some berries!
                                                            

22.

The three girls swim to the shore. They go get the buckets
out of the canoe. They find some blackberry bushes and start
picking and eating the berries.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
MmmmÖ These berries are good!
                                                            
                       LUYU
They would taste good with some
cornbread.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
We better put some in the baskets
before we eat them all.
                                                            
Some GUNSHOTS are heard in the distance. The girls look at
each other with puzzled looks.
                                                            
                       LUYU
What was that?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I don't know. It sounded like it
came from the village. We better
go find out.
                                                            
 
EXT. RIVER - DAY
                                                            
The three of them go back to the canoe and paddle back to
the field.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
What you think it could be?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I don't know.
                                                            
                       LUYU
Maybe the white men hunt near the
village.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I hope you are right.
                                                            
 
EXT. CORN FIELD - DAY
                                                            
They hear THREE more SHOTS when they reach the shore, and
they start running back to the village. They see smoke as
they approach, and they start getting worried. They stop
and look around for a moment.
                                                            

23.

                       TAYANITA
I don't think it is white hunters.
                                                            
                       LUYU
What could it be?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I don't know. It doesn't look
good. Hurry! We must get back.
                                                            
They start running again. As they get closer, they see that
the village is on fire. They hear SCREAMING and CRYING at
this point.
                                                            
 
EXT. INDIAN VILLAGE - DAY
                                                            
They reach the village and all three start to panic.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Mother! I have to find my mother!
You two go find your families!
                                                            
TAYANITA and LUYU run off in shock and confusion. NITIKA
runs for their hut, which is now on fire. She frantically
looks for her mother. She finds a CRYING CHILD. She picks
him up and continues on her search.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Adsila! Adsila! Where are you!
                                                            
She runs to the center of the village where her mother was
working earlier that day. Still, she finds nothing.
Suddenly, someone grabs her and the CHILD roughly and starts
to walk away. NITIKA is trying to fight off the stranger
without hurting the CHILD in her arms.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Screams in
       Cherokee)
Let me go! Let me go! I must
find my mother!
                                                            
The STRANGER covers her mouth and continues to drag her to
the edge of the village. NITIKA bites his hand, and he lets
go.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#1)
Ouch! Stupid girl!
                                                            
He looks at his hand and sees that she has bruised it. He
then notices her running off.
                                                            

24.

                       SOLDIER (#1)
Oh no you don't!
                                                            
He runs after her and catches her. He then heads again for
the edge of the village. NITIKA continues to fight him with
the CHILD in her arms all the way.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#1)
Stop fighting! Iím not letting go
this time! I will hurt you if I
have to!
                                                            
Suddenly the stranger lets go, and pushes her into the crowd
of VILLAGERS. Some faces she doesnít recognize. Then, she
sees her MOTHER and runs over to her with the CHILD still in
her arms.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Says quietly)
Mother, what is this? What is
happening?
                                                            
                       ADSILA
The white soldiers are making us
leave. They say we don't belong
here. That this isn't our land.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Where is Father?
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Still huntingÖ
                                                            
Suddenly a SOLDIER comes over, pulls the CHILD out of
NITIKA'S arms, and binds her and her MOTHER'S hands. NITIKA
looks around and sees other soldiers doing the same to the
others around her. She looks at the SOLDIER in disgust.
                                                            
The Soldier looks at Nitika as he is tying her hands.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#2)
Why yer a pretty one, ain't ya.
                                                            
He starts laughing.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#2)
A white girl raised as a squaw.
Now, Iíve seen everything!
                                                            

25.

NITIKA stares at him with anger in her eyes. She refuses to
talk in front of these awful strangers. The SOLDIER grins
and then walks away. Suddenly one SOLDIER walks in front of
everyone and starts talking. Heís dressed a little
differently than the rest of them.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
I am General Jones. I will be
your leader until you are sold.
You will listen to everything I
say, or you will get hurt! You
have no rights to this land, and
are trespassing on private
property by being here! All of
your belongings are now the
property of the U.S. Army! All
right men, letís move out!
                                                            
The GENERAL walks over to a white horse, gets on, and starts
riding off. Suddenly a SOLDIER jabs NITIKA in the shoulder
with a gun and orders her to walk. In confusion, she starts
to walk with her mother.
                                                            
 
EXT. A TRAIL THROUGH A WOODED AREA - DAY
                                                            
They walk in silence for about an hour. NITIKA looks around
and sees faces she doesnít know. There are so many people
that she canít find any of her friends.

Suddenly an old woman collapses. A soldier pulls her to her
feet, but the old woman is too tired to stand. She
collapses again.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#7)
Git up old woman!
                                                            
She tries, but is too tired. The soldier starts to beat
her. Nitika realizes it is the MEDICINE WOMAN. She runs
over and pushes the soldier away. The soldier kicks NITIKA
and knocks her to the ground.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (# 7)
Stupid Squaw!
                                                            
The General rides back.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
What's going on?
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#7)
The old woman won't walk!
                                                            

26.

                       GENERAL JONES
Then, kill her.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
NOOO!
                                                            
NITIKA falls down beside the MEDICINE WOMAN.
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
Don't worry Earth Child. Be
strong. It is my time.
                                                            
She touches the blue stone around NITIKA'S neck.
                                                            
                       MEDICINE WOMAN
Go. You have a destiny to
fullfill.
                                                            
A soldier pulls NITIKA away from the MEDICINE WOMAN. She
fights him, but can't get away. They keep walking. NITIKA
looks back at the MEDICINE WOMAN one last time in tears. She
turns and keeps walking. The soldier lets go. A GUNSHOT is
heard.

NITIKA turns and tries to run back. The soldier grabs her
again. She fights him once more, but can't get loose from
his grip. They keep walking. NITIKA gives up. The SOLDIER
lets go.

They walk in silence again for another hour. Then, they
stop and rest.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Mother, I am still confused. Why
are these men treating us like
this?
                                                            
                       ADSILA
They do not like our ways.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
White men have come to our village
before. They were never like this.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
There are few white men who like
us, but most of them are like
this. They are afraid of
something different.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
We aren't that much different
from them. We are all people..
                                                            

27.

                       ADSILA
We have different beliefs that
they don't like. And our skin is
darker.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
That is still no reason to treat
us like this.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
I know. But they do.
                                                            
They sit in silence for a moment. NITIKA watches a SOLDIER
walk past. After he is gone, she begins to speak again.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
What do they mean by it is not our
land? It is no one's land. No
one can own landÖ
                                                            
                       ADSILA
White Men think they own
everything. You will learn this
now.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Etsi, promise me if we get lost,
we will find each other.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
      (Smiles at Nitika)
I will try my hardest to find you
again, Earth Child. I promise.
                                                            
Then a SOLDIER walks up and orders them to walk again. This
time they continue to walk until dark.
                                                            
 
EXT. MILITARY CAMPGROUND - NIGHT
                                                            
When dark falls, they stop for the night. NITIKA and her
MOTHER watch them set up camp around them.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
What will become of us?
                                                            
                       ADSILA
I know not what the future holds,
Nitika.
                                                            
They set up a FIRE in the middle of the camp. A SOLDIER
walks over, grabs ADSILA, and cuts off the bands she has
around her wrists.
                                                            

28.

                       SOLDIER (#3)
Youíre gonna cook for us tonight.
                                                            
He walks her over to the fire where there are several pots
and pans and points to some flour, water, and potatoes. He
also pulls out a bag of jerky and hands it to her.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#3)
Now git started. And make sure it
tastes good.
                                                            
The SOLDIER spits off to the side.
                                                            
ADSILA starts making flat bread, and boils the jerky and
potatoes in a soup. NITIKA watches her in amazement as
ADSILA quietly goes about cooking for these rude men. The
SOLDIER stands near by, watching.
                                                            
NITIKA starts looking around at everyone. She notices there
are people from other tribes at the camp too. Then, a
SOLDIER walks over and sits down beside her.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#4)
Why yer a pretty one. Whatís yer
name?
                                                            
NITIKA sits in silence. Sheís still watching her MOTHER
cook.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#4)
I donít bite, I promise. How did
you end up in a tribe? Yer a
white girl.
                                                            
NITIKA looks over at him, and then back at her MOTHER. She
still wonít talk. The SOLDIER sits there for a minute
waiting on her to answer.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#4)
Well, Iím Tom. Jusí thought Iíd
try to make conversation, but I
guess you donít understand.
                                                            
The SOLDIER starts to get up.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No, I understand. I just don't
want to talk.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#4)
Why?
                                                            
The SOLDIER settles back down beside her.
                                                            

29.

                       NITIKA
You take me from my home. You tie
me like an animal. And you want
me to talk?
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#4)
Ok, well, you had no right to be
there.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No right to be on land that no one
owns?
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#4)
Itís owned by the U.S. Army.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No one owns land. It is here for
all people to share.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#4)
Well the rest of the world doesnít
think like that.

                                                            
                       NITIKA
They should. No one would kill,
or treat each other like animals
over land.
                                                            
NITIKA looks away and continues watching her MOTHER prepare
the food. The SOLDIER gets up and walks away, seeing he
wonít get any further with the conversation. ADSILA
finishes cooking. A SOLDIER hands her plates and bowls. He
tells her to dish up the food.
                                                            
Two other SOLDIERS start handing out the food to everyone.
After the food is dished up, the SOLDIER escorts ADSILA back
to her spot beside her DAUGHTER, and hands her a plate of
food.
                                                            
ADSILA picks up NITIKA'S plate and hands it to her.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Eat. You must stay strong.
                                                            
NITIKA puts the plate on the ground and slides it away from
her.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I'm not hungry.
                                                            

30.

ADSILA picks up the plate again and hands it to NITIKA.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
No, Eat.
                                                            
NITIKA eats reluctantly. SOLDIERS come around and pick up
all the dishes and hand out blankets. NITIKA and ADSILA lie
down and try to go to sleep.
                                                            
Suddenly NITIKA remembers the KNIFE Cheasequah gave her. She
checks to see if it is still tied to her leg, and itís still
there. This gives her a little more comfort and she drifts
off to sleep.
                                                            
 
EXT. BURNT VILLAGE - NIGHT
                                                            
PALLATON and the rest of the hunters enter the burnt
village. Everyone is in shock.
                                                            
                       ONACOMA
What happened here?
                                                            
PALLATON bends down and picks up a TIN CUP that was lying on
the ground.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
White man! They burnt our village
and took our families!
                                                            
He THROWS the cup back to the ground. He then turns to one
of his warriors.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Look for survivors.
                                                            
He nods and runs off and looks around to see if anyone is
left.
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
What can we do?

                                                            
                       PALLATON
Track them! Find our families,
and kill those who took them! They
will pay for what they have done!
We will go to war if we have to!
We will rebuild our village and
kill any white man who enters it!
Who is with me!
                                                            

31.

Everyone SHOUTS and HOLDS their spears up in the air.
                                                            
The WARRIOR comes back to PALLATON after searching for
people.
                                                            
                       WARRIOR
I found a few women and children
in the cornfields. They say they
hid from the soldiers.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Was Nitika and Adsila with them?
                                                            
                       WARRIOR
No. There might be more in the
caves.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Go and see. They will pay for
what they have done.
                                                            
CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. TRIBAL CEREMONY - CENTER OF VILLAGE - NIGHT
                                                            
There is a FIRE in the center of the burnt village. There
are warriors doing a WAR DANCE. They are also dressing
themselves in war paint and feathers. They CHANT and DANCE
to the DRUMS around the fire.
                                                            
The WARRIOR comes back with a few more of the VILLAGERS. He
walks up to PALLATON.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Did you find them?
                                                            
                       WARRIOR
No.
                                                            
PALLATON raises his spear in the air and all the CHANTING
and DANCING stops. Everyone looks at PALLATON and waits for
him to speak.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
      (Shouts)
At sun rise, we go to war!
                                                            
Everyone SHOUTS and HOLDS up their spears in the air. They
start DANCING and CELEBRATING again.
                                                            
 

32.

EXT. MILITARY CAMPGROUND - DAY
                                                            
Itís morning now. NITIKA wakes up. She sits up and looks
around. Her mother isnít beside her anymore. She starts to
panic, and then she notices her mother cooking again. NITIKA
stands up, stretches, and sits back down. The SOLDIER that
attempted to talk to her last night approaches her again.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#4)
MorningÖ
                                                            
NITIKA ignores him and keeps watching everyone around her.
The SOLDIER walks off again. Her MOTHER finishes preparing
the food and starts dishing it up. Then sheís escorted back
to her daughter and given her food. They both eat in
silence. The SOLDIERS come by and pick up the dishes and
blankets and start packing up camp.
                                                            
NITIKA gets up and starts walking around, seeing if she can
find anyone she knows. She finds TAYANITA. She goes up and
starts talking to her.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Tayanita! What does the morning
say?
                                                            
She sits down beside TAYANITA.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
I am scared. The wind warns me of
danger. You?
                                                            
She gives her a hug.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Same. I am still confused.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
Nitika. What do you think will
happen to us?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I don't know. Anything is
possible.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
What do they have against us? We
did nothing to them.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I don't know Tayanita. I don't
know.
                                                            

33.

                       TAYANITA
I am going to try to escape.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No, they will kill you.
                                                            
TAYANITA and NITIKA both stand up.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
I can't stay here. They may do
worse to us. The spirits will be
with me.
                                                            
NITIKA grabs her arm and tries to keep her from walking off.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No! Please donít!
                                                            
Tayanita grabs Nitika's hand and pushes it off of her arm.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
Please, Nitika. I must. I can
bring help.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Tayanita.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
Please understand.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I don't want to see you get hurt.
                                                            
NITIKA gives TAYANITA one last hug.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
I will be fine. I promise.
                                                            
TAYANITA walks to the edge of the camp. She stands there
for a few minutes watching the soldiers. Then she starts to
run. One of the SOLDIERS notices her.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#2)
General! Sheís escaping!
                                                            
The GENERAL pulls out a gun and SHOOTS her. She falls and
TWO SOLDIERS go pick her up and bring her back to camp. She
is still alive.
                                                            
NITIKA SCREAMS Tayanita's name and runs over to her fading
body. She falls down beside her.
                                                            

34.

                       NITIKA
Tayanita, speak to me.
                                                            
                       TAYANITA
Nitika. My friend.
                                                            
She smiles at NITIKA, and hands her a bracelet. NITIKA
starts crying. She grips the bracelet in her hand.
                                                            
The GENERAL reaches down and pulls Nitika to her feet.
Nitika fights him and falls to Tayanita's side once more.

The GENERAL pulls her off again and throws NITIKA to the
side.
                                                            
The GENERAL SHOOTS TAYANITA in the HEAD. NITIKA screams and
runs over to her. She falls on TAYANITA'S body in tears. A
SOLDIER grabs her and picks her up roughly. NITIKA fights
him and gets away.
                                                            
The GENERAL pushes the SOLDIER away and pulls NITIKA up
again. NITIKA fights him. He SLAPS her in the face and
throws her aside. NITIKA starts to get up again. He pulls
out his gun and points it at her.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Do you want to be next?
                                                            
NITIKA Drops to her knees in tears.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
You two!
                                                            
He points at two soldiers.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Get rid of the body. You!
                                                            
He points at another soldier.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Bring her to my tent.
                                                            
TWO SOLDIERS pick up TAYANITA'S body and take it out of
camp. The other SOLDIER grabs NITIKA and pulls her to her
feet. She fights him and falls to her knees again. He
picks her up and drags her to the Generalís tent.
                                                            
 
INT. GENERAL JONE'S TENT - DAY
                                                            
He takes her inside where the GENERAL is now sitting in a
chair.
                                                            

35.

                       GENERAL JONES
Leave us. But keep watch at the
entrance.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#5)
Yes Sir.
                                                            
The SOLDIER lets go of NITIKA and leaves. NITIKA and the
GENERAL are the only ones in the tent.
                                                            
NITIKA sits down and pulls her knees up to her chest. She
keeps her eye on the GENERAL.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Your little friend caused us a
delay. I hate delays.
                                                            
NITIKA sits in silence. Tears still running down her face.
Her hate for this man shows.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
You are a brave girl. Running up
to a man who just killed your
friend. Shows how stupid your
people really are.
                                                            
The GENERAL gets up and walks over to NITIKA. He bends
down to get a better look at her. He waits for her to
respond, but she says nothing. The GENERAL reaches up and
puts his hand on her neck.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
How did a pretty thing like you
end up with these savages?
                                                            
NITIKA pulls away and SPITS in his face. The GENERAL stands
back up, pulls out a cloth, and wipes the spit off his face.
Then, he grabs her arm and pulls her to her feet. He SLAPS
NITIKA across the face. NITIKA falls to the ground. The
GENERAL bends down and looks at NITIKA.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
How dare you! You will pay for
what you did.
                                                            
The GENERAL gets up and grabs the SOLDIER at the entrance.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Take her and tie her to the pole
behind my tent!
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#5)
Yes sir!
                                                            
 

36.

EXT. MILITARY CAMPGROUND - BEHIND GENERAL'S TENT - DAY
                                                            
The SOLDIER grabs NITIKA and drags her to the pole behind
the Generalís tent and TIES her to it.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#5)
I donít know what you did, but you
sure upset the General.
                                                            
The GENERAL comes out of his tent and grabs a WHIP hanging
from his horseís saddle. He comes over and gives NITIKA TEN
LASHINGS. The whip SNAPS across NITIKA'S back, and cuts
into the poor girl's flesh.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Go ahead! Spit in my face again!
                                                            
NITIKA does nothing, but quiver with fear. The GENERAL
spits at her, and then laughs.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Stupid squaw! I'm your leader
now!
                                                            
He kicks dirt at her, then turns to the SOLDIER.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Take her back to where she was.
Iím through with her!
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#5)
Yes Sir!
                                                            
The SOLDIER unties her and takes her back to where her
mother is sitting. NITIKA sits down by her mother and puts
the bracelet on her wrist. She, then, bursts into tears.
Her MOTHER hugs her.
                                                            
                       ADSILA
Calm down, Earth Child. Why do
you cry?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
They killed Tayanita! These
aren't men!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Shh. Shh. We will get out some
how. I promise.
                                                            

37.

ADSILA continues to hold NITIKA as she cries in her arms.

Pan over to the GENERAL who is walking over to the middle of
camp.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
We arenít far from a town. We
will be there before the afternoon
is over. We wonít stop again
until we reach the town. We will
finish packing and then we will be
off. Do not try to run! I will
shoot you!
                                                            
They take a few more minutes to finish packing. Then, the
GENERAL gets on his horse and starts off again. A SOLDIER
comes up and nudges them on the back to move forward.
                                                            
 
EXT. WOODED TRAIL - DAY
                                                            
They start walking again. They walk for a couple of hours.
A girl from another tribe talks to NITIKA for a while as
they walk.
                                                            
                       GALILAHI
Hello, I am Galilahi.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I'm Nitika.
                                                            
They walk in silence for a moment.
                                                            
                       GALILAHI
I saw what the white men did to
you in camp. I am sorry...
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Don't worry about it.
                                                            
                       GALILAHI
Was she your friend?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
She was a very good friend.
                                                            
                       GALILAHI
Oh. I'm sorry.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
It's ok.
                                                            

38.

                       GALILAHI
All of my family died. They made
me watch my father and brothers
burn. My mother tried to stop
them. They killed her.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I still have my mother. My father
and most of the other men were on
a hunt.
                                                            
                       GALILAHI
You are lucky.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Yeah. Maybe you are right.
                                                            
They walk in silence for a while. NITIKA looks around as
they walk. Then, GALILAHI notices the marks on NITIKA'S
back.
                                                            
                       GALILAHI
Did they do that to you?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
What?
                                                            
                       GALILAHI
The marks on your back.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Yes.
                                                            
                       GALILAHI
Why?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I don't want to talk about it.
                                                            
                       GALILAHI
When you tried to help your
friend?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Look. I don't want to talk about
it.
                                                            
                       GALILAHI
Ok. I'm sorry.
                                                            
NITIKA tries to move up in the crowd to get away from her,
but GALILAHI follows her.
                                                            

39.

They walk again in silence for a moment. Then, GALILAHI
tries to start another conversation.
                                                            
                       GALILAHI
I want to see what the town looks
like..
                                                            
Nitika stays silent.
                                                            
                       GALILAHI
Have you been to a town before?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No.
                                                            
                       GALILAHI
I have never been. I hear they
are busy.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I don't want to talk right now.
Please.
                                                            
                       GALILAHI
Oh, ok.
                                                            
They walk in silence again for a while. Then the town comes
into site.
                                                            
 
EXT. SMALL TOWN - DAY
                                                            
They are walked into town like a herd of cattle. NITIKA
looks around. The people of the town are all busily
working. The only ones that seem to notice them are the
children playing in the streets. They stop and stare at
them walking by.
                                                            
They are walked through town and to a little market on the
other side of the town. NITIKA notices people with darker
skin than the Indians. They are also tied up. Some of them
are taken up on a stage and sold like cattle.
                                                            
Pan over the slave market. Men are bidding on slaves.
Slaves are brought up on stage and distributed throughout
the audience.
                                                            
The camera focuses on a MAN looking over at the group with
GENERAL JONES. He walks over to the group and starts
looking over all of them. He stops when he gets to ADSILA.
He looks at her for a moment, and then walks over to the
GENERAL.
                                                            

40.

                       TRAVELER (#2)
Excuse me sir.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Yes.
                                                            
                       TRAVELER (#2)
What do you want for that one over
there?
                                                            
He points to ADSILA.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Sheís not for sale.
                                                            
                       TRAVELER (#2)
Come on. You look like a smart
man. You have to have a price on
her.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
No. Sheís not for sale.
                                                            
                       TRAVELER (#2)
Is there any way I can change your
mind?
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
No.
                                                            
                       TRAVELER (#2)
Well then. I guess Iíll leave.
Good day to you.
                                                            
The GENERAL nods and the man walks off. A SOLDIER standing
nearby walks up to the GENERAL.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#1)
Sir. Why didnít you sell her to
that man?
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Sheís a good cook. Plus, she
might be useful later.
                                                            
JOHN walks into the scene. The camera focuses on him. He
walks over to the same group and stops when he gets to
NITIKA.
                                                            
                       JOHN
A white squaw. Huh. You donít
see that every day.
                                                            

41.

He nudges a soldier nearby.
                                                            
                       JOHN
How much ya want for that one?
                                                            
He points to NITIKA.
                                                            
                       SOLDIER (#3)
Youíll have to ask the General.
                                                            
JOHN finds the GENERAL in the crowd and walks over to him.
                                                            
He taps the GENERAL on the shoulder.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Excuse me sir.
                                                            
The GENERAL turns around and looks at him.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Yes, what do you want?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I see you have a white squaw over
there.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
What about herÖ
                                                            
                       JOHN
How much you want for her?
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Twenty-five Dollars...
                                                            
                       JOHN
Thatís a steep price for a squaw.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
Ah, but sheís a white squaw. How
often do you see those?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Good point. Ok, Iíll take her.
                                                            
                       GENERAL JONES
      (Smiles)
Youíve got yourself a deal.
Careful, sheís a handful.
                                                            
They shake hands, and JOHN pays the GENERAL. JOHN walks
over and grabs NITIKA. NITIKA fights him.
                                                            

42.

                       NITIKA
No, You can't take me from mother!
                                                            
                       JOHN
Youíre mine now. I bought you.
Not your mother. Now come on!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Let go!
                                                            
JOHN picks her up and carries her away. NITIKA fights him
and tries to get away, but can't. She starts to cry. He
carries her to a nearby campsite and sets her down.
                                                            
 
INT. TRAVELER'S CAMPGROUND - DAY
                                                            
She tries to run, but he catches her and brings her back. He
grabs some nearby rope and TIES her to a post with her hands
in front of her in the middle of the campsite.
                                                            
NITIKA tries to get free, but finally gives up and sits
down. She looks around. There are four tents centering
around a fire pit. There are four horses tied off nearby.
                                                            
                       JOHN
My name is John. What is yer
name? You understand I bought
you, so you are mine now.
                                                            
NITIKA looks at him, and then looks away. She refuses to
answer him. JOHN sits there, waiting for an answer.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Youíll learn to talk to me, white
squaw.
                                                            
JOHN walks off and goes into one of the tents. JACOB walks
back to camp. He sees NITIKA tied to the post and gets a
confused look on his face.
                                                            
                       JACOB
John, where are you?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Iím in my tent, what do you want?
                                                            
JOHN comes out of his tent and comes over to JACOB.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Whatís this?
                                                            
He points to NITIKA.
                                                            

43.

                       JOHN
Oh, I bought a squaw to cook for
us. Ainít she a bute?
                                                            
                       JACOB
Why do you have her tied?
                                                            
                       JOHN
She tried to run off.
                                                            
                       JACOB
      (Laughs)
Iíd try to run from your ugly face
as well!
                                                            
                       JOHN
Funny, Jacob. Very funny.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Iím going into town to sell some
of the pelts we have. Be back in a
bitÖ
                                                            
                       JOHN
Take yer time.
                                                            
NITIKA looks at JACOB curiously. Sheís never heard anyone
with an accent like that before. JACOB goes to another one
of the tents and pulls out some pelts. He looks over at
NITIKA again.
                                                            
                       JACOB
John, you better build another
tent for her. Donít leave her out
like that. Sheís not a dog.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Donít worry. Iím on it.
                                                            
JACOB walks off, looking back at NITIKA every few minutes as
he walks away. NITIKA watches JOHN set up a tent for her.
Then, he goes about working around the camp on other things.
Her curiosity grows for this man that bought her.
                                                            
She tries one more time to free her hands, but fails to do
so. Then, she gives up. JOHN walks over to her and bends
down to talk to her.
                                                            
JOHN points to the tent.
                                                            
                       JOHN
That is where you will sleep.
                                                            

44.

He unties her from the post and takes her over to the tent,
but leaves her hands tied.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You try to run, and Iíll tie you
back to the post.
                                                            
He lets her go, and NITIKA sits down on the ground while
looking at him. He goes back to working around the camp,
and she watches.
                                                            
It starts getting dark. JOHN builds a fire and starts
pulling out pots and pans. Then, he walks over to NITIKA.
JACOB comes back with a leather pouch. Heís counting money
as he walks back into the camp.
                                                            
JACOB smiles at JOHN as he is walking up.
                                                            
                       JACOB
The price for the pelts has gone
up! Five dollars for a small
pelt, and ten for a large!
                                                            
                       JOHN
Thatís good. Iím just about to
git supper started.
                                                            
JOHN gets out some flour, deer meat, and some corn. He
walks over and bends down to NITIKA.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You.
                                                            
He points at NITIKA.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Cook for us.
                                                            
He points at the fire, food and the pots.
                                                            
NITIKA just stares at him and doesnít move. Then, she looks
away. JOHN gets mad and SLAPS her.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Yells at Nitika)
You do what your told!
                                                            
NITIKA slides back away from him a little. JOHN gets ready
to slap her again. JACOB runs over and grabs his hand.
                                                            

45.

                       JACOB
      (Yells at John)
Donít hit her! Sheís scared
enough as it is!
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Yells back)
She has to learn to do what I say!
                                                            
                       JACOB
Give her time! Sheíll come around
soon!
                                                            
                       JOHN
Fine. She doesnít cook. She
doesnít eat! Sheíll either
starve, or learn to do her part
around here!
                                                            
                       JACOB
Thatís wrong, and you know it
John!
                                                            
JOHN gets up and starts walking away, then turns around and
points at JACOB.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Donít you dare give her anything!
                                                            
JOHN walks over to the fire and starts cooking. JACOB bends
down and tries to touch NITIKA'S cheek, but NITIKA pulls
away.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Are you ok?
                                                            
NITIKA doesn't respond, and backs up. JACOB sighs, gets up,
and then walks away.
                                                            
CUT TO:
                                                            
JACOB and JOHN are eating while Nitika hungrily watches.
They finish eating. JACOB grabs the dishes and starts
washing them.
                                                            
JOHN grabs a blanket, and walks over to NITIKA. He gives it
to her, and then walks away. NITIKA gets in her tent, and
starts to cry.
                                                            
 

46.

INT. NITIKA'S TENT - DAY
                                                            
It is morning. NITIKA wakes up, gets out of her tent, and
looks around. JOHN is making breakfast. JACOB is feeding
and watering the horses. He finishes that, and then walks
out of camp. JOHN looks over and sees NITIKA is awake.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Ah. I see yer awake. Are you
gonna help cook this morning?
                                                            
NITIKA doesnít answer. She stares at the fire. He walks
over and hands her a tin cup with water in it. She takes it
and drinks it quickly. He fills up the cup and hands it to
her again. She again, drinks it. He looks at her hands
still tied.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You behave today, and Iíll untie
you.
                                                            
JOHN walks back to the fire and keeps cooking. JACOB comes
back into camp with a mule. He takes it over and ties it
with the rest of the horses.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Whatís that for?
                                                            
                       JACOB
Well, I figure since we have an
extra person, we would need a pack
mule.
                                                            
                       JOHN
She can walk.
                                                            
                       JACOB
No, sheíll ride like the rest of
us.
                                                            
He shakes his head at JOHN.
                                                            
                       JACOB
No wonder you canít find a wife.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Well, whereís yours?
                                                            
                       JACOB
Not looking for one.
                                                            

47.

                       JOHN
Breakfastís ready. Chris and
Michael gonna be back today,
Jacob?
                                                            
                       JACOB
Yeah, they said they would be back
this morning.
                                                            
JOHN fixes two plates, and they both sit down and eat. They
finish, but leave the food out for the other two.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Iím goin into town fer a bit. You
watch the squaw.
                                                            
JOHN walks off, and JACOB fixes a plate for NITIKA. He
walks over and hands it to her. She tries to eat, but has
difficulty because her hands are tied together.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Just donít let John know. Heís
being an idiot.
                                                            
JACOB notices the slits in her clothes made by the whip.
                                                            
                       JACOB
What did those soldiers do to you?
                                                            
JACOB sits down beside her. NITIKA scoots away from him a
little.
                                                            
                       JACOB
So, what is your name? How did
you end up in an Indian tribe?
                                                            
NITIKA sits in silence. Two men ride up to the camp on
horseback. They have a WOLF following them as well. NITIKA
watches them ride up.
                                                            
JACOB gets up and waves at them. NITIKA notices a deer
slung across one of the horsesí rump. There are also
smaller animals hanging from the saddle.
                                                            
                       JACOB
AhÖ Chris, Michael. There you
are! So, did you get anything?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yes, we did well. We shot a huge
buck. We also got a couple of
rabbits, a few raccoons, and two
foxes.
                                                            

48.

                       JACOB
Sounds like you did well.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah, woulda been back sooner but
a fox caught our eye on our way
home.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Well, breakfast is waiting for
you.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Good, Iím starving.
                                                            
Both men get off their horses and start unpacking
everything. NITIKA just sits and watches. JACOB helps
them. Then CHRIS notices NITIKA.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What are we taking captives now?
                                                            
He points to NITIKA.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah, Jacob. Why do ya have her
hands tied?
                                                            
                       JACOB
John got this brilliant idea to
buy her to cook for us. Problem
is, she wonít do anything.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
      (Starts laughing)
Figures. It seems like everything
John gets wonít work.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
So, why do ya still have her hands
tied?
                                                            
                       JACOB
Thatís Johnís doing. I donít know
why he still has her tied. She
isnít going anywhere.
                                                            
They finish unpacking the horses, feed and water them, and
sit down by the fire. CHRIS and MICHAEL fix their plates
and start eating. They start talking while they are eating.
                                                            

49.

                       JACOB
So, did you see any Indians while
you were out? Did you trade for
anything interesting?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Nah, I think the U.S. Army is
wiping them all out. They are
making them all move out of this
area.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Or, selling them into slavery,
like this poor girl.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
She isnít really an Indian though.
Look at those blue eyes.
                                                            
He looks at NITIKA.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
How did you end up an Indian?
                                                            
NITIKA doesnít answer. But, she keeps watching them. She
is fascinated by CHRIS and JACOB'S accent.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Good luck. We havenít been able
to get her to talk since he bought
her yesterday.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Maybe she donít understand.
                                                            
                       JACOB
I think sheís scared.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Iím sure sheís been through a lot.
So, where did John go?
                                                            
                       JACOB
He went into town. Heís probably
drinking again.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Wouldnít surprise me any.
                                                            
CHRIS throws the pet WOLF some jerky out of his pocket. The
wolf grabs it and goes and lies down by NITIKA. NITIKA
starts petting him.
                                                            

50.

                       CHRIS
Huh, she doesnít warm up to anyone
that fast.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (Laughs)
Yeah, she still donít like John.
                                                            
                       JACOB
There arenít very many that get
along with him. Well, we better
get this all cleaned up.
                                                            
They all start cleaning up the campsite. JACOB washes the
dishes. CHRIS and MICHAEL start cutting the hides off the
animals. NITIKA watches them while petting the WOLF. A
couple of hours go by. JOHN comes back.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Hey, Chris, Michael. Yall are
back! Did ya bring anything
exciting?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
No, nothing exciting. Just the
same stuff.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Thatís too bad.

                                                            
JOHN goes to his tent and lies down. NITIKA watches
everyone work. MICHAEL comes and sits down by NITIKA.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Hi, Iím Michael. That one over
there is Chris.
                                                            
He points over at CHRIS.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Whatís yer name?
                                                            
MICHAEL puts out her hand for her to shake. NITIKA doesnít
respond. MICHAEL starts to get up and NITIKA answers.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Nitika.
                                                            
JACOB looks over in surprise.
                                                            

51.

                       JACOB
Wow, you do talk!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Yes, I talk.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Now we know what to call you.
                                                            
NITIKA looks at CHRIS and smiles.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
You talk funny.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Oh, yes. Jacob and I are English.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
English?
                                                            
                       JACOB
We are not from here. We are from
England.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
What is England?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Itís a place... from across the
big ocean.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Ocean? What is an ocean?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Wow, you've never heard of an
ocean?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No.
                                                            
                       JACOB
It's like a river. But, a lot
bigger. You can only see water
from one end to the other.
                                                            
NITIKA looks at MICHAEL.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
You from England too?
                                                            

52.

                       MICHAEL
      (Laughs)
No, no. I was born and raised
here. John too.
                                                            
JACOB pulls out a KNIFE walks over to NITIKA. NITIKA starts
to back off.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Donít worry. Iím not going to
hurt you. Iím just going to cut
the ropes off your hands.
                                                            
JACOB reaches for her hands. NITIKA hesitates, and then
holds them out to him. He cuts the ropes off her hands.
                                                            
                       JACOB
There, doesnít that feel better?
                                                            
He smiles at NITIKA, then goes back to work.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I guess we better clean up. It's
getting late, and I'm tired.
                                                            
They clean up the dishes. Chris and Michael lay down and
rest. Jacob continues to work around the campsite. Nitika
watches him work intently.
                                                            
 
EXT. TRAVELER'S CAMPGROUND - DAY
                                                            
NITIKA is awakened by JOHN. He pulls her from her tent. She
looks at him with sleepy eyes.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Cook for us.
                                                            
He hands her a pot. She doesn't take it. She doesn't move.
He pushes her to the ground.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Fine. You will go hungry.
                                                            
He goes over to the fire, and starts cooking.
                                                            
Nitika pulls her knees up to her chest and sits in front of
her tent. The rest of the travelers are awakened by the
smell of the food cooking and fresh brewed coffee.
                                                            
Micheal sniffs the air.
                                                            

53.

                       MICHAEL
Ahh.. Nothin wakes you up like the
smell of fresh brewed coffee.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Be better if the squaw would cook.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Now John, don't be so sour. Might
as well give up. She ain't gonna
cook for ya. I know I wouldn't
cook for a man who treated me like
that.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Smells good John. What are you
cooking?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Bacon, eggs, and biscuits.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Sounds good.
                                                            
Everyone grabs their plate, fills it up, and starts eating.
Nitika watches hungrily from in front of her tent.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Boy, I'm glad to be back in town.
Gets kinda lonely with Just Chris
and I out on the trail.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yeah, I get tired of seeing
Micheal's face everyday.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yeah, Chris is mighty ugly to be
lookin at everyday.
                                                            
Micheal starts to laugh.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
It's kinda nice to walk into town
and see somethin pretty for a
change.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yeah, if you can get something
pretty to look at you.
                                                            
Chris starts laughing.
                                                            

54.

                       MICHAEL
Oh, I stand better luck than you
anyday.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Maybe after a few drinks.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Ok you two. Quit the fightin.
Actually a drink don't sound bad
right about now.
                                                            
                       JACOB
That's all you think about, John.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Helps calm the nerves. I think
I'm gonna go into town for a
while. Keep an eye on the squaw.
                                                            
John gets up and walks into town.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Ya know, I think he's right. A
drink does sound good. Hey Chris,
you wanna play a few hands?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You mean so I can win again?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Shoot, you know I'm good.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Jacob, you don't mind watching
her, do you?
                                                            
                       JACOB
No, go have fun.
                                                            
MICHAEL and CHRIS walk out of camp and into town. JACOB
fixes NITIKA a plate of food and takes it over to her. He
bends down beside her and hands her the plate and a fork.
She takes them both, but stares at the fork.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
What is this?
                                                            
                       JACOB
It is a fork. You eat with it.
See.
                                                            
He grabs a plate and fork and demonstrates how to use it.
                                                            

55.

She picks up some of her eggs with the fork and sticks them
in her mouth.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Like that.
                                                            
He gets back up and cleans up after the other three. Then
he grabs their guns from the tents, sits by the fire, and
starts cleaning their guns. NITIKA finishes her meal, then
brings him the plate and fork.
                                                            
She looks at the guns, then at Jacob.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Firestick.
                                                            
                       JACOB
What?
                                                            
She points to the guns.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Firestick.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Oh, it is a gun.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
A gun.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Yes, a gun.
                                                            
JACOB finishes cleaning the gun while NITIKA watches. She
sits down close to JACOB. She looks at the boots on his
feet.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
What are those called?
                                                            
She points to his boots.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I see the White men that come to
our village where them.
                                                            
                       JACOB
They are boots. They protect your
feet.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Boots.
                                                            

56.

                       JACOB
I need to go into town and get
some supplies. Come with me.
                                                            
He gets up and puts the guns back in their tents. Then
walks over to NITIKA and holds his hand out to her. She
looks at his hand and hesitates.
                                                            
                       JACOB
I'm not going to hurt you. I
promise.
                                                            
She grabs his hand and he pulls her to her feet.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Come. I'll show you around the
town.
                                                            
Nitika hesitantly follows him out of the campsite.
                                                            
 
EXT. SMALL TOWN - DAY
                                                            
They walk into the town. There are people everywhere. Horse
drawn CARTS and WAGONS crisscross the streets. They walk
pass several buildings.
                                                            
They stop in front of a store selling fruit on the street.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Excuse me sir. How much for your
apples?
                                                            
                       FRUITSTAND OWNER
Five cents an apple.
                                                            
NITIKA walks out into the street. She is fascinated by all
of the carts and oddly dressed people. A cart comes
straight for NITIKA. She doesn't notice it coming at her.
She is too busy looking around at everything.

JACOB turns and sees the cart coming at her. He runs to her
and pulls her out of the carts path just in time. The
CART-DRIVER YELLS at them as he passes.
                                                            
                       JACOB
You can't stand in the street like
that. You will get trampled to
death.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I'm sorry. I didn't know.
                                                            

57.

                       JACOB
Stay with me. Ok?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Ok.
                                                            
He walks back to the Fruit stand Owner and hands him enough
money for two apples. The Fruit stand Owner hands him two
apples.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Thank you.
                                                            
NITIKA is still paying attention to the carts in the street.
JACOB walks up to her and holds the apple out to her.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Here you go.
                                                            
NITIKA takes the apple and looks at it for a minute.
                                                            
                       JACOB
It's an apple. You eat it.
                                                            
He shows her his apple, then takes a bite of it.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
I know what an apple is.
                                                            
She takes a bite. They finish their apples while they walk.
They walk past another building. NITIKA hears music and
men laughing inside.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
What is going on in there?
                                                            
                       JACOB
It's a saloon. You don't want to
go in there.
                                                            
Just then, a drunk man staggers out the door and down the
street. NITIKA watches him pass.
                                                            
She walks up to one of the horses tied outside the Saloon
and gives it the core to her apple. JACOB does the same.
They walk up to another building.
                                                            
JACOB walks into a store with NITIKA following close behind.
NITIKA looks around at all the strange items. JACOB walks
up to the counter to the store owner.
                                                            

58.

                       STORE OWNER
Yes sir, What do you need?
                                                            
                       JACOB
Yes, I need a sack of flour, a
sack of gunpowder, a box of firing
rounds, and a sack of coffee
beans.
                                                            
                       STORE OWNER
All right, one moment while I get
that together for you sir.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Thank you.
                                                            
While waiting, he turns and watches NITIKA finger the
outline of a feathered woman's hat. NITIKA looks over at
him.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
What is this?
                                                            
                       JACOB
It's a hat.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
A hat?
                                                            
He walks over to NITIKA.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Yes, you wear it on your head,
like this.
                                                            
He puts the hat on her head, and turns her so she can see
herself in a mirror hanging on the wall.
                                                            
NITIKA laughs at the sight. JACOB smiles and chuckles.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
It looks funny.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Uh, yes. I suppose it is
something you have to get used to.
                                                            
She takes the hat off and hands it to JACOB. He puts the
hat back. The STORE OWNER comes back out with Jacob's
supplies.
                                                            
                       STORE OWNER
Do you need anything else, sir?
                                                            

59.

                       JACOB
No, I think that is all. Thank
you.
                                                            
JACOB walks back to the counter, pays the store owner, and
grabs the small sack of coffee beans and the box of firing
rounds. He hands them to NITIKA.
                                                            
                       JACOB
You don't mind helping me, do you?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No, I don't mind.
                                                            
JACOB gathers the rest of the items and they walk out of the
store. They start walking back towards the campsite.
                                                            
                       JACOB
We better get back. The others
are probably back by now.
                                                            
 
EXT. TRAVELER'S CAMPGROUND - DAY
                                                            
They walk back into the campground. Michael, Chris and John
are sitting around the fire eating lunch.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
It's about time you two show up.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Where did ya go?
                                                            
                       JACOB
Into town. I had to get some
supplies.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Well, ya better get somethin to
eat before I finish it off.
                                                            
JACOB puts the supplies in a pack. NITIKA hands him the
supplies she is carrying, and he packs them as well. Then,
he sits down with the rest of them and starts dishing up a
plate.
                                                            
NITIKA stays back near her tent. CHRIS looks over at her.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You better come eat too. There is
no point in starving her.
                                                            

60.

NITIKA walks over to the fire. She hesitantly sits down
near JACOB. JACOB hands her a plate, then starts dishing up
his own.
                                                            
                       JOHN
The rest of us need to start
packing. We're leaving tomorrow
morning.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Leaving?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
We're hunters. We don't stay in
one place very long.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
But, my mother!
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Ya know where she is?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
The White men take her.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
They are long gone by now. But,
maybe we can find her.
                                                            
 
INT. NITIKA'S TENT - DAY
                                                            
NITIKA is sleeping in her tent. CLATTERING is heard
outside. JACOB sticks his head in and shakes NITIKA. NITIKA
starts to wake up.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Wake up! Weíre getting ready to
leave.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Huh?
                                                            
NITIKA gets up. She gets out of her tent and stretches. She
looks around. All four guys are busy picking up camp and
packing the horses. JOHN sees NITIKA and walks over to her.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Well, ya donít have to cook this
morning. Here.
                                                            

61.

He hands her a leather pouch and a tin cup filled with
water. NITIKA opens it and there is a biscuit and some
jerky.
                                                            
                       JOHN
We have food on hand for when we
pack up and move on. Better git
your tent packed up.
                                                            
JOHN walks away and starts taking down her tent. NITIKA
eats the food while watching them pack the horses.

They finish packing and get on the horses. JACOB walks over
to NITIKA with a horse.
                                                            
                       JACOB
      (Smiles)
Here you go. We arenít going to
make you walk. Need help getting
on?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No, I can do it myself.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Okay...
                                                            
NITIKA jumps up on the horse, and then grabs the reins.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Wow. Youíre going to have to show
me how to do that one day. I
thought your people everywhere
they went?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
We have horses. I know how to
ride.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Letís go, we want to make good
time.
                                                            
They ride off.
                                                            
 
EXT. TRAIL IN A WOODED AREA - DAY
                                                            
They ride out of town and into a wooded area. They ride for
a while in silence. Then, MICHAEL starts to talk.
                                                            

62.

                       MICHAEL
So, what exactly happened to you,
Nitika?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
White soldiers came into our
village and made us leave. They
took us to the town we just left
and sold me.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Why did they make you leave your
village?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
They said we were on their land.
We didnít belong there.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Soldiers. They think they own
everything.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Ain't that just like em. Thinkin
their better than everybody else.
                                                            
They ride on in silence for a while. Then, they come up on
a steep, rocky area.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Looks like we're gonna have to
walk the horses up this hill. Too
steep to ride. We better go up
one at a time, just in case one of
us gets in trouble half-way up.
                                                            
JOHN goes first. He unties the extra horse from his saddle
and hands it over to MICHAEL. It is a tough walk to the
top. JACOB goes next, then CHRIS. NITIKA starts up the
hill. She has a little more of a struggle than the men.
JACOB hands his reins to CHRIS, and goes down to help her.
He reaches her about half-way.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Let me help you.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I can do it by myself.
                                                            
                       JACOB
No, I insist. Please.
                                                            

63.

NITIKA hesitates for a moment. She hands him the reins.
They start their climb again. NITIKA trips on a rock, and
JACOB catches her before she can fall.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Careful. Are you ok?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Yes, I am fine.
                                                            
They make it to the top. JACOB goes back down for the mule
and extra horse. He climbs the hill once again with the
two. MICHAEL comes last. Everyone makes it to the top.
They mount their horses again and start back on their
journey.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Whewy. That about wore me slap
out.
                                                            
                       JOHN
It's starting to get late. We
should be stopping soon.
                                                            
They ride for a little while longer until the sun starts to
set. JOHN sees a small clearing ahead.
                                                            
                       JOHN
We will stop there for the night.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Good, my legs are getting tired.
And Iím getting hungry.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Chris, you're always hungry.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I know. I can't help it.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (Laughs)
You gonna get fat one of these
days as much as you eat.
                                                            
They stop at the clearing and set up camp.

                                                            
 

64.

EXT. TRAVELER'S CAMPGROUND - NIGHT
                                                            
JOHN starts a fire and pulls out some pots and pans then
looks over to NITIKA.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You gonna cook for us or not?
                                                            
NITIKA grabs the pots and pans and starts cooking.
                                                            
CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. TRAVELER'S CAMPGROUND - AROUND THE CAMPFIRE - NIGHT
                                                            
They are all eating around the campfire.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
This is some good food. You got a
good cook their John.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Yup, when you can get her to cook.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
So where did ya learn to cook so
good.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
My mother.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Which one?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
What do you mean? I only have one
mother.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Well, you werenít born an Indian.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I donít remember having another
family.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
So, they musta stole you as a
baby.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No. They saved me.
                                                            

65.

NITIKA gets up and walks to her tent. The WOLF follows
behind. She sits on the side facing out away from camp. The
WOLF lies down beside her.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Good job you three. What a way to
make her feel at home.
                                                            
JACOB gets up, walks over to where NITIKA is sitting, and
sits down beside her. The view stays on the campfire.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What! We only want to know how
she ended up an Indian.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Chuckles)
I think someone is falliní fer our
squaw.
                                                            
Camera cuts over to where JACOB and NITIKA are sitting.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Donít pay any mind to them. They
didnít mean anything by it.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
They make it sound like my people
are savages. They know nothing
about my people.
                                                            
                       JACOB
No, no. They just are curious
about how you ended up with your
people. I would have to say I am
too.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Do you really want to know?
                                                            
                       JACOB
Yes, we all do!
                                                            
NITIKA looks up at the stars and sighs. Then looks back at
JACOB and starts her story.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
The medicine woman blessed my
mother with a special child. She
was pregnant, so she thought that
was the child she was talking
about. But, my mother lost the
baby on their journey to their new
            (MORE)

66.

                       NITIKA (cont'd)
home. Then, they came up on a
wagon that had been robbed. My
real mother and father were
killed, but they found me crying
in the back of the wagon. They
took me as their own. My mother
calls me her Earth Child. She
says Mother Earth gave me to her
as a gift.
                                                            
                       JACOB
So, what does she mean by a
special child?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Itís nothing. Just something the
medicine woman told her would
happen.
                                                            
                       JACOB
      (Smiles)
Come on! Tell me!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Ok, ok. She told my mother that
her child would become a hero
amongst our people.
                                                            
                       JACOB
      (Smiles again)
So, you really are special.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
Maybe. Itís just a story.
                                                            
She shivers a little bit.
                                                            
                       JACOB
What's the matter?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Itís getting a little cold.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Here, let me get you a blanket.
                                                            
He gets up, grabs a blanket, and comes back and wraps it
around NITIKA.
                                                            
                       JACOB
There. Is that better?
                                                            

67.

                       NITIKA
Yes. Thank you.
                                                            
She smiles at him.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Why are you so nice to me?
                                                            
                       JACOB
I guess itís the way I was raised.
                                                            
He smiles and winks at her.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Or maybe I like you.
                                                            
She smiles back at him. Then, she looks up at the stars.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
The stars are beautiful tonight.
                                                            
JACOB looks up at them, then at NITIKA.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Yes, they are very beautiful.
                                                            
MICHAEL and JOHN go to their tents. CHRIS throws some more
firewood on the fire and then walks up to them.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hey, you two better go to bed
soon. Weíve got an early start
tomorrow.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Yeah. I guess we better. See you
in the morning. Good night
Nitika.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Good Night.
                                                            
JACOB gets up and walks to his tent and goes inside. CHRIS
bends down beside NITIKA.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Sorry about earlier. We didnít
mean anything by it.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
It's Ok.
                                                            

68.

                       CHRIS
Please forgive us.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
It's no problem. Don't worry
about it.
                                                            
CHRIS sits there for a minute.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Well, I guess Iíll see you in the
morning. Good night.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
Good night.
                                                            
CHRIS gets up and walks back to his tent. NITIKA sighs,
then gets up and goes in her tent. The WOLF follows behind.
                                                            
CUT TO:
                                                            
 
INT. NITIKA'S TENT - DAY
                                                            
NITIKA is awakened by the RATTLING of pots and pans. It is
early in the morning. She stretches, gets up, and goes
outside. The WOLF follows close behind. All four guys are
taking down camp and packing the horses. JOHN walks over to
NITIKA.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Itís about time yer up. Hereís
breakfast.
                                                            
He hands her a biscuit, a hard- boiled egg, and some jerky.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Now we can get your stuff packed.
Weíre gonna do some huntin this
morning.
                                                            
JOHN walks off and starts taking down her tent. CHRIS
notices the WOLF close to NITIKA'S side.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
      (Laughs)
Sheís really taken to you.
                                                            
Chris points at the wolf.
                                                            

69.

                       MICHAEL
Yeah, I think she likes you better
than any of the rest of us.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Whatís her name?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
We never really named her. We
just call her wolf.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
She deserves a name.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Then name her. Not like sheís
gonna know the difference.
                                                            
NITIKA thinks about it for a moment, then she smiles.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
But they do. Iíll call herÖ
Awinita.
                                                            
                       JACOB
And what does that mean?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Fawn.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (Chuckles)
So, basically youíre calling her a
baby deer instead of a wolf.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No, every name has a meaning.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Whatís hers?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Her ways are gentle, like a fawn.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You gonna name yer horse too?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I might. How did you end up with
the wolf?
                                                            

70.

                       CHRIS
I found her in a den while we were
hunting. My guess was the mother
took all the cubs and abandoned
her.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
She was close to dying when he
found her. He nursed her back to
health, then set her free.
                                                            
He begins to laugh.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
But, the crazy thing wouldn't
leave. So now, we're stuck with
her.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
So, what does your name mean,
Nitika?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
It means ďAngel of Precious
StoneĒ.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
And whatís the meaning behind it?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Iím not really sure why they named
me that. My mother always called
me her special child.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Well, letís get goin. We want to
get some huntin in before it gets
to late in the day.
                                                            
They finish packing the horses, mount, and start off on
their journey.
                                                            
 
EXT. TRAIL IN A WOODED AREA - DAY
                                                            
They travel about a mile, and then JOHN stops them.
                                                            
                       JOHN
This looks like a good hunting
place. Weíll stop here. Nitika,
Jacob. You two stay with the
horses. Michael, Chris. Grab yer
guns. Weíre goin huntin!
                                                            

71.

CHRIS and MICHAEL grab their guns and catch up with JOHN.
JACOB dismounts and ties off the horses. NITIKA dismounts
as well, then looks at the ground. She notices some tracks
in the dirt and bends down to take a closer look.
                                                            
                       JACOB
What do you see?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Bear. Close by. These are fresh
tracks. You have a gun?
                                                            
                       JACOB
Yeah, but it shouldnít bother us.

                                                            
                       NITIKA
Donít be too sure. They will go
after anything when it is in their
territory, especially if it is a
mother with cubs. Just keep
watch.
                                                            
They hear a bear GROWL nearby. JACOB grabs his gun and
keeps it close.
                                                            
NITIKA goes and sits by the horses. She remembers the knife
tied to her leg, unties it, and sets it beside her. JACOB
notices, comes over to her, and sits down beside her. He
sets the gun down on the ground next to him.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Where did you get that?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Iíve had it the whole time. A
friend made it for me.
                                                            
                       JACOB
So, you could have gotten away at
any time.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Probably.
                                                            
                       JACOB
So, why didnít you?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I wanted to learn more about these
strangers. Besides, you were
better to me than the soldiers.
                                                            

72.

                       JACOB
Oh.
                                                            
They sit in silence for a moment, and then NITIKA begins to
talk again.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
So, why did you leave your home?
                                                            
                       JACOB
There was nothing for me in
England anymore.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
But, you have family there, right?
                                                            
                       JACOB
No. Not anymore. They were all
killed. My family had beliefs
that the King did not like. I
escaped and hid. I watched my
whole family be killed, knowing
there was nothing I could do.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Oh. Iím sorryÖ
                                                            
                       JACOB
Itís not your fault. Chris and I
came here for freedom and
adventure.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
How did you meet Chris?
                                                            
                       JACOB
I ended up in an orphanage with
Chris. After you get to be a
certain age they throw you out.
So, Chris and I lived off the
street for a while, then hopped
aboard a ship and came to America.
Then, we met up with Michael and
John at the dock.
                                                            
JACOB gets up and walks over to his horse. He pulls out a
bow and arrow set and brings it over to NITIKA.
                                                            
                       JACOB
You know how to use these?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Yes, I do.
                                                            

73.

                       JACOB
Well here. Maybe theyíll do you
more good than me. I canít seem
to get the hang of this thing.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Laughs)
You just need someone to show you
how to use them. Here.
                                                            
NITIKA looks around for a target. She finds a chalky stone
and makes a mark on a tree near by then walks back over to
Jacob.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
See that mark on the tree.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Yeah.
                                                            
NITIKA aims and shoots. She hits her mark dead center.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Wow. You are good!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
Now you try.
                                                            
NITIKA hands the bow and an arrow to JACOB. JACOB puts the
arrow in the bow and pulls the arrow back. NITIKA starts
LAUGHING.
                                                            
                       JACOB
What!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No, no. You hold it like this.
                                                            
NITIKA grabs his shoulders and shows him how to stand and
hold the bow.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Then, you site your arrow. Look
down the shaft. Make the point
meet your target.
                                                            
JACOB aims and shoots. He barely hits the target.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
Not bad, for a beginner. Try
again.
                                                            

74.

JACOB aims and shoots again. He gets closer to the center
of the target this time. He looks at it in amazement, and
then smiles.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Not bad at all.
                                                            
NITIKA smiles and laughs.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
You still have a lot of work
before you will beat me.
                                                            
NITIKA playfully taps him on the shoulder.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Weíll see about that.
                                                            
JACOB drops the bow and arrows, grabs NITIKA, and starts
tickling her. NITIKA LAUGHINGLY pushes him away and starts
to run off. But JACOB catches up to her and grabs her
again.
                                                            
JACOB trips and she falls on top of him. They look into
each otherís eyes for a moment. Then JACOB goes in for a
kiss.
                                                            
Just then JOHN, MICHAEL, and CHRIS walk back. JACOB pulls
away. JOHN has a buck slung over his shoulders. CHRIS and
MICHAEL are carrying a few smaller animals.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Looks like we got back just in
time.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (Laughs)
Yeah, maybe Iíll stay behind next
time.
                                                            
JACOB and NITIKA get up and brush themselves off.
                                                            
                       JOHN
All right. Lets load up the
horses and get on our way. Thereís
a river not too far from here.
Weíll stop and rest there.
                                                            
They load up the horses and start on their way. They travel
a little way, and then CHRIS starts singing. MICHAEL
laughs, and then joins in.
                                                            

75.

                       CHRIS
Come on. All of you know this
song. Except for maybe Nitika.
Sing!
                                                            
JACOB smiles and joins in. NITIKA starts laughing.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Come on John. Sing!
                                                            
                       JOHN
No. Yall are crazy.
                                                            
JOHN rides up ahead a little ways.
                                                            
CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. RIVER - DAY
                                                            
They come up on the river.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Weíll stop and rest here. The
horses can use a little breather
and some water.
                                                            
They stop and unpack the horses. JOHN sits near a tree and
pulls out a cigarette. JACOB takes off his shirt and jumps
in the water. NITIKA sits on the shore next to the WOLF and
watches. JACOB looks over and smiles at NITIKA.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Come on in, the water is great!
                                                            
NITIKA smiles and jumps in. She swims out next to JACOB.
                                                            
                       JACOB
We arenít that bad, now are we?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No, you have been good to me.
                                                            
                       JACOB
So, What do you do for fun?
                                                            
NITIKA smiles and splashes him. She swims to the other
side.
                                                            
NITIKA starts to run off.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Follow me!
                                                            

76.

                       JACOB
Wait!
                                                            
JACOB swims to the shore and runs after her. He follows her
to a small clearing in the trees.
                                                            
 
EXT. CLEARING IN WOODED AREA - DAY
                                                            
It is a beautiful field full of flowers. There are
butterflies everywhere. JACOB stops when he sees NITIKA
sitting down in the middle of the field with her back to
him. He walks over and sits beside her. There are tears in
her eyes.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I used to come here all the time.
This was my favorite thinking
spot.
                                                            
                       JACOB
You lived close to here?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Yes, my village wasnít far away. I
recognized the river.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Iím sorry this had to happen to
you.
                                                            
He puts his hands on her face and wipes away the tears.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
It is not your fault.
                                                            
He holds her face in his hands and looks into her eyes.
                                                            
                       JACOB
But a beautiful girl like you
shouldnít have to go through
something like this.
                                                            
NITIKA looks into his eyes. They share a passionate kiss.
NITIKA pulls back after a minute.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
We better get back.
                                                            
 

77.

EXT. TRAIL IN A WOODED AREA - DAY
                                                            
They start walking back to the river. They get about half
way there and NITIKA stops. She stares into the bush.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Whatís wrong?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Someoneís following us.
                                                            
                       JACOB
      (Looks Around)
I donít see anyone. Letís go.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No, someone is there. Come on!
                                                            
NITIKA grabs JACOB'S hand, and they start running. They
hear twigs SNAP behind them. They look back to see if they
can see anyone. Suddenly, some INDIANS jump out and grab
them.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Whatís going on!
                                                            
The INDIAN hits JACOB in the side with the blunt end of the
spear.
                                                            
                       INDIAN (#1)
Stop talking!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Speaks in
       Cherokee)
I am Nitika. I am one of you. Why
are you doing this to us?
                                                            
No one answers her.
                                                            
They walk back to the river in silence.
                                                            
 
EXT. RIVER - DAY
                                                            
They get back to the river and see the other three guys tied
up. Another INDIAN is holding the horses. One of the
INDIANS looks at NITIKA. It is CHEASEQUAH.
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
Nitika?
                                                            
NITIKA looks at him and realizes who it is.
                                                            

78.

                       NITIKA
Cheasequah! I thought Iíd never
see you again!
                                                            
She gives him a hug.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
My Father! Is he with you?
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
Heís at the village.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Village? But, I thought it burnt
down?
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
Yes, it did. But we rebuilt in a
new location not far away. We
will be safe there, until the
soldiers find us again. Come with
me.
                                                            
NITIKA follows CHEASEQUAH, forgetting about the four
travelers she was with.
                                                            
 
EXT. TRAIL IN A WOODED AREA - DAY
                                                            
The travelers follow behind the rest of the INDIANS with
their hands tied and spears in their backs.
                                                            
CHRIS looks at JACOB. He starts to whisper to him.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What's going on?
                                                            
                       JACOB
I don't know. Nitika seems to
know them.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What do you think they will do to
us?
                                                            
One of the INDIANS walking next to them hits CHRIS with the
blunt end of the spear.
                                                            
                       INDIAN (#2)
QUIET!
                                                            

79.

NITIKA turns around in time to see the INDIAN hit CHRIS with
the spear. He tries to hit CHRIS again. NITIKA runs back,
grabs the spear, and stops him.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No! Don't hurt them!
                                                            
They walk for a while until the Village comes into sight.
                                                            
 
EXT. INDIAN VILLAGE - DAY
                                                            
They walk into the Village. PALLATON comes out of his hut
just in time to see them walk in. NITIKA sees him. She
runs up and gives him a huge hug.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Father!
                                                            
                       PALLATON
My daughter!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Have you found mother?
                                                            
                       PALLATON
No, we are still searching for
her.
                                                            
They embrace each other for a while. PALLATON looks up and
sees the strangers.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
What are they doing here?
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
They were with Nitika.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Tie them in the hut. They must be
punished!
                                                            
CHEASEQUAH, and a few of the HUNTERS, take them to the hut
and tie them up.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
What are you going to do with
them?
                                                            
                       PALLATON
We will have a council and decide.
                                                            

80.

                       NITIKA
They didnítÖ
                                                            
He interrupts her.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
They took you! They will pay!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
But Father!
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Enough! The council will figure
it out!
                                                            
PALLATON walks off. NITIKA starts crying. She runs to the
edge of the village and collapses in tears.
                                                            
CUT TO:
                                                            
 
INT. COUNCIL MEMBER'S HUT - NIGHT
                                                            
It is now dark. The COUNCIL MEMBERS are all sitting around
a fire in the middle of their hut.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
I have gathered all of you here
today to figure out what we should
do with these travelers that had
my daughter.
                                                            
                       COUNCIL MEMBER (#1)
After what happened to our homes
and families, all white men that
enter our village shouled be
punished!
                                                            
They all nod their heads in agreement.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
And I agree with you. Now what
should we do?
                                                            
CUT TO:
                                                            
 
INT. TRAVELER'S HUT - NIGHT
                                                            
NITIKA sneaks into the hut where JACOB and the other three
are awaiting their fate.
                                                            

81.

                       CHRIS
Nitika. What are you doing here?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You'll get in trouble if you are
seen with us.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Don't worry. I won't get caught.
                                                            
NITIKA walks up to JACOB, bends down, and puts her hands on
his face.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I wonít let them do anything to
you.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Whatís going on? Why are they
doing this to us?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
My father is mad at all White Men
for what the soldiers did to us.
Donít worry. I will stop this! I
better go before I get caught.
                                                            
NITIKA gives him a kiss. She then sneaks out of the hut.
                                                            
CUT TO:
                                                            
 
INT. TRIBAL COUNCIL'S HUT - NIGHT
                                                            
The TRIBAL COUNCIL is still conversing around the fire.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
These men took my daughter. What
should be done?
                                                            
                       COUNCIL MEMBER (#1)
They should be stoned.
                                                            
                       COUNCIL MEMBER (#2)
No, they should be speared.
                                                            
                       COUNCIL MEMBER (#3)
Burn them, like they burned our
village!
                                                            
                       COUNCIL MEMBER (#1 and #2)
Yes, burn them!
                                                            

82.

                       PALLATON
Then it is settled. They will
burn!
                                                            
PALLATON walks out of the hut. The VILLAGERS are all
gathered outside to see what will happen.
                                                            
 
EXT. INDIAN VILLAGE - NIGHT
                                                            
PALLATON looks around at everyone. NITIKA is sitting near
the front. She is also waiting to hear what will happen.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
We have decided what will happen
to these strangers. They will
burn like they burnt our village!
                                                            
Everyone starts SHOUTING. NITIKA gets up and runs to her
fatherís feet.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
NOO! Father! You canít do this!
                                                            
CHEASEQUAH runs up and grabs NITIKA.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Take her to my hut. Donít let her
go!
                                                            
He points to some of his WARRIORS.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Take the strangers to the stakes!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No! They arenít the ones to
punish!
                                                            
CHEASEQUAH drags NITIKA off. The WARRIORS grab the
strangers. They take them to the edge of town where the
stakes are. They tie them up. PALLATON lights a torch.
NITIKA breaks free from CHEASEQUAH and runs to where they
are. PALLATON gets ready to start a fire around JACOB.
NITIKA jumps in front of her father and hugs JACOB.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Nitika! Move!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No Father! These men are not to
blame! They did nothing! I will
not let you do this!
                                                            

83.

                       PALLATON
They took you! Thatís enough!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
They have been good to me! They
didnít know!
                                                            
                       PALLATON
But, theyÖ
                                                            
                       NITIKA
They nothing! This is wrong, and
you know it! Do not blame all
white men for what the soldiers
did! It only makes us more like
them! They did nothing! The fed
me! They took care of me! They
became my friends! The soldiers
are the ones to be punished not
them!
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Nitika, My DaughterÖ
                                                            
                       NITIKA
You burn them, you burn me!
                                                            
NITIKA stays put. Her father finally gives in and puts out
the torch.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Untie them.
                                                            
NITIKA runs to her father and gives him a hug. She puts her
hands on his face and looks at him.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Get to know them. They are good
men. Please father.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
I will try.
                                                            
PALLATON turns to his people and starts to speak.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
These men will be welcomed into
our tribe. We will feed and house
them as long as they will stay.
                                                            
Pan to NITIKA as she runs up to JACOB and hugs him.
                                                            

84.

                       NITIKA
I told you I wouldnít let anything
happen to you.
                                                            
JACOB gives NITIKA a weak smile.
                                                            
                       JACOB
That was close. I'm glad you came
when you did..
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
Come, I will show you where you
will sleep. My father is fixing a
feast.
                                                            
NITIKA shows them to their huts. CHEASEQUAH watches her in
disgust.
                                                            
 
EXT. INDIAN VILLAGE - TRIBAL CEREMONY - NIGHT
                                                            
The village holds a ceremony for NITIKA'S return. The whole
village sits around the fire eating and laughing with each
other. The TRAVELERS are telling stories to the INDIANS
about the adventures they have had. NITIKA is sitting by
JACOB.
                                                            
                       JACOB
So, why was your return to the
tribe so important to your people?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
My father is the chief. I am
their princess.
                                                            
                       JACOB
You could have told us that.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I didnít think it was important.
                                                            
                       JACOB
It is very important. You are
royalty to your people.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
So.
                                                            
                       JACOB
So, that changes everything.
                                                            

85.

JACOB gets up and walks back to his hut. NITIKA gets up and
runs after him.
                                                            
 
EXT. INDIAN VILLAGE - JACOB'S HUT - NIGHT
                                                            
She catches him before he goes inside the hut.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Jacob, how does that change
things? I am still the same
person. I didn't know if I still
had a tribe left or not until
today.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Iím an outsider. Your father
would never approve of me.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
My destiny is different from my
peoples. My father knows that.
                                                            
                       JACOB
But, you are their princess!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Yes, I am. But look at me. I am
white just like you.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Your skin color doesn't matter.
You are still royalty to this
tribe.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Yes, but that doesnít change who I
love! Please, come back and join
us.
                                                            
JACOB hesitates. He looks away. NITIKA grabs his face in
her hands and looks into his eyes.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Please Jacob. You are everything
to me.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Ok. Iíll come back.
                                                            
They walk back to the ceremony. CHEASEQUAH watches them
walk back.
                                                            
 

86.

EXT. INDIAN VILLAGE - TRIBAL CEREMONY - NIGHT
                                                            
They sit down by PALLATON and watch the ceremony for a
while. It starts getting late. PALLATON stands up, stops
the ceremony, and starts to speak.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
I am glad to have the safe return
of my daughter, but we all still
have family out there. We must
keep searching! Tomorrow, we will
begin our search once again!
                                                            
The VILLAGERS begin to SHOUT.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Now, we must get some rest. I
will see everyone in the morning!
                                                            
Everyone cleans up and goes back to their huts. NITIKA
gives everyone hugs and says goodnight to everyone. She then
heads back to her hut. Suddenly, CHEASEQUAH pulls her
aside.
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
Why are you protecting these men!
They are our enemy!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No, Cheasequah. They are not our
enemy! These men have been good
to me! They did not hurt me!
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
You were their slave!
                                                            
                       NITIKA
They didnít force me to do
anything!
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
I donít understand you.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Youíre fight is not with them. It
is with the soldiers. Do not
punish these men for what the
soldiers did!
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
You act as if you have fallen for
the one!
                                                            

87.

                       NITIKA
And, what if I have?
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
You are a traitor to your own
people.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I am trying to save my people from
getting into a war that isnít
necessary.
                                                            
NITIKA walks off towards her hut. CHEASEQUAH grabs her arm
and stops her.
                                                            
                       CHEASEQUAH
Iím trying to protect you from
getting hurt.
                                                            
NITIKA pulls her arm away from him.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
I donít need protection.
                                                            
NITIKA walks to her hut and goes inside.
                                                            
CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. INDIAN VILLAGE - DAY
                                                            
PALLATON is at the village center waiting on the tribe to
get their food. NITIKA enters the scene. She gives her dad
a big hug. JACOB, CHRIS, MICHAEL, and JOHN also enter the
scene.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Morning Father.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Good morning. Go get something to
eat. You too.
                                                            
He points to all four men.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
You all look half starved.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Thank you sir.
                                                            
They all grab their food and come back. All the villagers

88.

wait stand and wait for Pallaton to get his food. NITIKA
stands and waits on him. The four TRAVELERS come back and
sit down next to NITIKA. MICHAEL starts eating.
                                                            
NITIKA clears her throat and signals for them to stand up.
All three stand but MICHAEL. MICHAEL continues to eat.
CHRIS hits MICHAEL in the back of the head.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Get up you idiot!
                                                            
MICHAEL looks around and notices everyone still standing.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Oh.
                                                            
He stands with the rest of them. PALLATON comes and sits
down. Everyone sits down. PALLATON begins eating. Everyone
else starts eating after PALLATON.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
My daughter has told me that you
have treated her well. I thank
you for that.
                                                            
                       JACOB
Youíre welcome, sir.
                                                            
They all eat and clean up afterwards.
                                                            
Everyone goes about doing odd chores. CHRIS, MICHAEL, and
JOHN all talk and laugh amongst themselves. JACOB plays
with some of the children in the village.
                                                            
NITIKA stops what she is doing, sits down, and watches him.
He notices her, looks up, and smiles. She smiles back at
him. He goes back to playing with the children.
                                                            
PALLATON comes over and sits down beside NITIKA.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
You really like that boy, don't
you?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Yes, I do.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
      (Smiles)
Well, he seems like a good man.
Hard worker too. I guess I
            (MORE)

89.

                       PALLATON (cont'd)
couldn't ask for anything better
for you.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Smiles)
Thank you father.
                                                            
A SCOUT runs up to PALLATON.
                                                            
                       SCOUT
There are soldiers coming our way.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
How far away are they?
                                                            
JACOB, MICHAEL, CHRIS, and JOHN overhear what is being said.
They stop what they are doing and listen.
                                                            
                       SCOUT
They will be here by nightfall.
Adsila is with them.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Tell everyone to come to the
center of the village for a
council.
                                                            
CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. INDIAN VILLAGE CENTER - TRIBAL COUNCIL - DAY
                                                            
All the people are gathered in the center of the village.
They are all talking amongst themselves. Then, PALLATON
stands up and raises his hand. Everyone becomes silent.
PALLATON begins to speak.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
There are soldiers coming our way.
They will be here by nightfall!
                                                            
Everyone starts to talk amongst themselves again. PALLATON
raises his hand again to silence everyone.
                                                            

90.

                       PALLATON
I want all of the women and
children to leave the village!
They will hide in the caves near
the waterfalls! The men will stay
with me and prepare for battle! We
will not let them burn our village
this time! All women and children
gather only things you will need
and leave now!
                                                            
NITIKA fights her way through the crowd to PALLATON. JACOB,
MICHAEL, CHRIS, and JOHN follow behind her. NITIKA reaches
her father and grabs him before he walks away.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Father! I want to stay and fight!
                                                            
                       PALLATON
No, you will leave like the rest
of the women. Your friends can go
with you. This is not their war.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
Please Father! This is as much my
battle as it is yours! I can
fight! I know how!
                                                            
                       JACOB
Please, Sir. I would like to help
as well.
                                                            
                       JOHN
As for me.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
And Me.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Me too.
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Fine, the four of you can stay.
But, I will not let you fight,
Nitika!
                                                            
                       JACOB
I have to agree with your father.
Please go with the women and
children.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No! This is my war too!
                                                            

91.

                       PALLATON
Onacoma!
                                                            
                       ONACOMA
Yes sir!
                                                            
                       PALLATON
Make sure my daughter goes with
the rest of the women and
children.
                                                            
                       ONACOMA
Yes sir.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No! This isnít fair, and you know
it!
                                                            
                       ONACOMA
Come, Nitika. Lets go get your
things.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No! I want to fight! This is my
war too!
                                                            
ONACOMA grabs NITIKA and pulls her to her wigwam.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
      (Says as he is
       dragging her)
Stop Onacoma! You know I should
be in this battle!
                                                            
They reach her wigwam.
                                                            
                       ONACOMA
Do what you are told and get your
things.
                                                            
NITIKA looks at him, then goes into her wigwam and gathers
her belongings.
                                                            
 
INT. NITIKA'S WIGWAM - DAY
                                                            
NITIKA goes in and grabs a leather pouch with food and a
leather overcoat. She picks up her knife and ties it to her
inner thigh. Then, she stuffs the bow and arrow set under
the coat and walks out.
                                                            
 

92.

EXT. INDIAN VILLAGE - DAY
                                                            
ONACOMA notices the leather overcoat NITIKA is wearing.
                                                            
                       ONACOMA
Isnít it a little warm for that
coat?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No, I get cold easily.
                                                            
                       ONACOMA
Well, come on. Weíll have to
catch up with the others.
                                                            
ONACOMA grabs NITIKA by the arm and they walk off towards
the woods.
                                                            
 
EXT. TRAIL IN A WOODED AREA - DAY
                                                            
They catch up with the other women and children and walk for
a while.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
You know you donít have to do
this. You can let me go and say
you lost me.
                                                            
                       ONACOMA
And disobey your father? No. Heís
right. You donít need to fight.
                                                            
                       NITIKA
You know I can fight. Why hold me
back?
                                                            
                       ONACOMA
Because your father doesnít want
you to fight. He is the Chief,
have you forgotten?
                                                            
                       NITIKA
No, of course I know he is the
Chief. But, he is not here.