This was an awesome book. I loved the history that was woven expertly into the story. It's the story of the Nez Perce people prior to being forced onto reservations, as they try to keep a good relationship between them and the white man so that they can retain their freedom.
In this story you learn about the beliefs and traditions of the Nez Perce. As well as their deep respect for the Spirit People who are their protectors. This is the story of Dove and Wewukiye. Wewukiye rescues Dove from drowning. After her rescue she must have the courage to face her village and bring the truth to light. She accomplishes this with Wewukiye's help. During the course of time while waiting for the proof of the truth to reveal itself, Dove finds undoubting courage and unending love.
I hope you enjoy this story of an ancient people full of courage, a sense of family, and respect. The many facets in this tale take the reader on an unforgettable journey.
A brutal attack leaves Dove, a Nimiipuu maiden, pregnant and alone. Her tribe refuses to hear the truth-that the White man who took her body also plans to take their land. She walks into the lake to end both her life and her despair.
Wewukiye, the lake spirit, uses his human form to save Dove from drowning. Learning the reason she longs to end her mortal existence, he vows to care for her until she gives birth. Together, they will restore her place in her tribe and prove the White man is not the Nimiipuu's friend. But to help her he must keep his spirit identity hidden.
As Dove and Wewukiye pursue their quest for justice, Dove reveals spiritual abilities yet unknown in her people, ensnaring Wewukiye's respect and awe. But can love between a mortal and a spirit grow without consequences?