Walk Into the Flame Book Summary and Study Guide

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Leisure, May 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0843951192

The New Mexico Mescalero Indians raised Rachel as one of their own after her father abandoned her. However, unable to ignore her white heritage and fearing her love for Swift Buck, Silent Wind left the tribe to live in the white world. She not only deserted the people who nurtured her, but also destroyed the love of Swift Buck.
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For five years an abashed Rachel watches the harassment and murder of her former tribe even on their reservation. She returns to her tribe with a deep desire to help in the fight. Angry at her for leaving and at the whites for killing his fellow Apaches including his wife, White Buck abducts Rachel. He plans to use her as a pawn enabling him to flee the infernal jail the soldiers call a reservation, but did not count on their former love rekindling even brighter than before.

Though the romance is a subplot, WALK INTO THE FLAME reads more like a deep historical fiction than a love story. The tale provides a dark often-gritty look at the nineteenth century mistreatment of Indians by Federal agents and soldiers, and other Americans. Ronda Thompson provides plenty of action with strong charcaters, but readers seeking an Indian romance need to look elsewhere.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   American "wild west" era Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   cowboy loving indian Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   feelings growing up in a different culture Captor, in love with    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   small businessman


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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