Thunder on the Plains Book Summary and Study Guide

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Sunny Landers is a rich daddy's girl in the Civil War erra. Trying to follow her father's dream of building a transcontinental railroad that would join the East with the West. She meets a half Cherokee, but raised by whites, Colt Travis who was hired by her father to scout into the Western territories where they were to build the railroad and is smitten with him although she is too young to know about love and relationships. They go their separate ways after the trip.
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As time goes on Sunny realizes that she loves Colt but because of their different lives and financial status and the fact that he is half Cherokee she realizes they can't be together. Colt also realizes her love for Sunny but also believes they could never be together.

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Colt Travis is hired as a scout for the Landers family in their trip across the west for the building of the railroad. Fifteen year old Sunny Landers and Colt are immediately drawn to each other, but their social differences keep them from their true feelings. When the trip is over, they go their seperate ways. Years later they reunite off an on, but Sunny's older brother, concerned with reputation, puts a stop to them being together. However, this story, spanning 12 years, shows how love overcomes all obstacles.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   American "wild west" era Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   poor loving rich Searching/Rekindling love?    -   Yes Lost Lover:    -   rekindling love after long time Matchbreaker    -   Yes Matchbreaker is    -   Brother

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   rancher/cowboy Age/status:    -   20's-30's If he's not white he must be...    -   indian Unusual characteristics?    -   Very naive/shy - Doesn't know where to put weiner

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   wealthy Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Midwest Prairie    -   Yes Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   60% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   Weiner talk    -   rape/molest (yeech!) Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts    -   3-4 sex acts

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