This short story (approx.. 80 pages) is part of the Black Hills Wolves but can be read without having read any of the previous books as it does not really take place in Los Lobos, the shifter town. Instead, get ready for time travel and shifter magic. A vast majority of this story is set in the time of Saber Tooth Tigers and Wooly Mammoths. Nika comes across as a very immature wolf who is more worried about impressing those above him than doing what he has been told to do. Kimi appears to take time travel as normal and shows no interest in how she got to the future or what differences it holds. Needless to say, because the story is so short there is not much depth. However, it is an enjoyable story for what it is. If you do follow this series and want more on how Los Lobos is evolving, this is not the story for you. Only three of the characters from town make appearances with Gee having the biggest role.
Nika is out on his very first patrol as a scout for Los Lobos when he smells a strange female wolf. Alerting the others, he takes off to find her, even though he’s been told to not go off by himself. He finds Kimi who is hurt. His first instinct is to help but in doing so he will discover two things. Kimi is dying of a rare illness and she is his mate. Can anything be done?
Nika, the pack’s newest scout, wants nothing more than to please his Alpha. When he discovers a beautiful, and very sick, stranger in the woods outside Los Lobos, he finds himself torn between his duty and his hormones. The stranger carries a deadly wolf virus—one that hasn’t been seen in the Black Hills in ages.
Kimi, a Lakota Sioux, is dying. She’s transported herself forward in time, hoping to find the cure to the illness that’s stricken her tribe. Her only chance for survival is to trust Nika, even if she’s not used to having help.
To find the cure and save the pack, Nika and Kimi must travel to a time long ago—before the Lakota populated the Black Hills—a time filled with dangers neither can imagine. Their growing attraction may save them, or kill them both.