James Owen is a minor character in Gone for a Soldier, and takes a more active role in The Man from Shenandoah, but the next novel, Ride to Raton, focuses on his journey to manhood, and Trail of Storms brings him fulfillment. He is mentioned in Spinster’s Folly. His twin, John, died as a baby.

James has demanded another story, but he is content to wait for it to be told.