the characters

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Colter is a kind of hybridized version of the anti-hero. Part cowboy, part avenging soldier. Fluent in Spanish and generally accepted by both the Mexican and American people, he is used sporadically by the Border Patrol as an advisor or go-between on Mexican and border issues. 

Colter is the outsider, a loner whose past, one suspects, is painful.  He goes out of his way to avoid any personal attachment, preferring to live on the periphery.  Although he shows little emotion, if angered he can be a dangerous foe.  He’s a good judge of character and hates injustice, a trait that often sees him standing up for the underdog.  

Killer Dave

Dave Weaver is Colter’s American antagonist.  Weaver has ranched in the Laredo area for over 40 years and has seen the immense changes that have occurred along the border.  A vocal member of the NRA, he is, in essence, the very definition of a reactionary.

Vain and ruthless, Weaver is known by the locals – particularly those involved in horse rescue -- as ‘Killer Dave”, a term he almost seems to relish.  In addition to his cattle raising, Weaver buys up unwanted and injured horses and transports them to Mexico for slaughter.  In spite of that, he considers himself a ‘horse lover’.  His hatred, however, of Mexicans knows no bounds.   He heads up a self-made posse to patrol the border, believing the Border Patrol to be ineffective.


Juanito is a street urchin.  His parents were killed attempting to cross the U.S. - Texas border into Texas. About 10 years old, he moves easily between the two countries–  generally across the dangerous Laredo/Nuevo Laredo border.  He is funny, friendly, and intensely defensive of those he cares for.  Juanito is extremely charming, using his sweet looks and personality to get what he wants.  

Fearless and quick-thinking, Juanito is devoted to Colter, who acts as both an employer of sorts, and as a surrogate father. 

Maggie Cruz Wallis

Cruz Wallis is a member of the U.S. Border Patrol.  Based near Laredo, Texas, she works the night shift, most often alone, patrolling her section of the 1200-mile border.  It’s her choice.  The daughter of a Mexican mother and an American father, she finds herself with one foot in each camp and is often torn by the conflict she sees and feels.  

She’s come into contact with Colter on numerous occasions when he’s assisted the patrol – some of those positive, some negative.  The two don’t always agree on the best methods of conflict resolution.  She goes by the book --although she has difficulty at times, as she is, underneath, soft-hearted – and she has trouble coming to terms with Colter’s flaunting of the law.  Although they have never had a personal relationship, there is a spark between them on occasion.  She has a fiery, but controlled, personality; Colter keeps his emotions in check.