Baron Weyman was old and sickly, but highly educated.
He let his barony fall into near ruin, ripe for the picking, which a group of brushwooders, lead by Straub, wish to try and take. His son, a boy of eleven, bears a striking resemblance to Dean. Because of his hospitality, Ryan and the others agree to do what they can to help the baron with the Brushwooders. After Dean and Jamie Weyaman are captured, there is an attempt to rescue them, but it fails. Eventually, at the cost of over a dozen sec men, the boys are freed.