News of Anna reached Mickey O'Donohue quickly. He didn't know Anna well, but he'd known Old Ma Cody years, knew how she'd looked after the kid when the kid's parents had gone back to Kane County. Big upheavals for the poor kid: uprooting to Roylsden for Ma and Pa to get ranch work - only for the ranch they'd arranged to work on to close suddenly and its owners move away themselves. That sort of lame-donkey luck happens sometimes, mused Mickey. So Ma and Pa moved and Old Ma Cody, being Old Ma Cody and caring, took the kid in.