Beth Weeks lives on a farm in British Columbia, during the 2nd World War. She is trapped in a life from which she cannot escape - a bear attack a few years earlier has left her father unstable and threatening, to the point of abusing her. At the age of 15, she is trying to come to terms with herself and where she fits in - she finds herself happier with the Native Americans than with her own town, and is persecuted as a result. Added to this, she must wrestle with her sexuality, deciding who she loves more, Dennis, Nora or Billy, both Indians. The difficulty of these choices leaves her isolated and afraid - not least because, throughout the book, she is being pursued by an Indian spirit, Coyote. Coyote has claimed her for his wife - and he kills all his wives.
This report prepared by Francoise Harvey