Jun 2004, 6.99, 336 pp.
In 1868, Margaret Ann Toland and her Uncle Patrick persuade her widowed mother to leave Boston to start a new life in the Oregon Territory. However, the trek west is harsh and along the way many die including Maggie's beloved mom. Feeling guilty that her mother is dead while she lives, Maggie has lost her desire for the Pacific though she goes through the motions of doing the right thing amongst the other wagon train travelers.
At a stop in the Wyoming Territory, local rancher Archibald Parrish drops by and decides he wants Maggie. Also visiting is Cheyenne warrior Wind Walker who feels Maggie is his love buddy. When Maggie ignores Archy, but shows favoritism towards the Indian, the amoral rancher abducts the red haired woman. Now Wind Walker must enter the encampment of his enemy to rescue the woman he loves or die trying.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner