George and Lena Edwards conveyed a tract of land to the McDonalds (defendants), reserving a one-fourth interest in all oil in the land. Approximately two weeks later, the McDonalds conveyed the land to Albert Cheney and Charles Body (plaintiffs), with an almost identical reservation of a one-fourth interest in all oil in the land. The Bodys sued to quiet title in three-fourths of the mineral interest in the land. The Bodys claimed that the McDonalds had no interest in the land. The McDonalds asserted that, while one-fourth of the mineral interests belonged to the Edwardses, the McDonalds also owned one-fourth of the mineral interests. The trial court ruled in favor of the Bodys, finding that the McDonalds retained no interest in the property. The McDonalds appealed.