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All the Pretty Horses begins with the 1949 funeral of John Grady Coles grandfather With his death John Gradys mother will sell their Texas ranch and move away There is nothing left in Texas for John Grady who loves the ranch and idealizes the cowboys way of life Only sixteen years old John Grady runs away from home with his friend Rawlins On horseback they head toward the Mexican border leading the idyllic storybook life of migrant cowboys They are joined by a younger boy the sensitive and stubborn Jimmy Blevins Together the three cross over the Rio Grande into Mexico Soon after they enter Mexico the companions ride into a lightning storm Blevins who is terrified of lightening strips off his clothes abandons his horse and hides in a ditch The next day finds him nearly naked his horse and gun stolen In the village of Encantada the companions see Blevins lost horse but it has been claimed by someone else In the aftermath of their attempt to steal the horse back Rawlins and Cole become separated from Blevins They escape from the posse pursuing them however and continue to travel south where they find work as cowboys on the vast ranch owned by Don Hector John Grady quickly proves himself a remarkable cowboy with an intuitive understanding of horses Don Hector impressed puts him in charge of breeding the ranchs horses However John Gradys good fortune is imperiled by his infatuation with Don Hectors beautiful daughter Alejandra Although John Grady is warned off by Alfonsa Alejandras cynical and manipulative great-aunt he nevertheless falls in love with the girl and they begin an illicit affair When Don Hector finds out about it he turns John Grady and Rawlins over to the thuggish corrupt police captain of Encantada Blevins it seems returned to Encantada to reclaim his gun and killed at least one of the townspeople Now he is being held in
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