This is another really interesting story about Kaya and her life among the Nez Perce. In this tale Kaya finds a hero to look up to in the village, Swan Circling, an incredibly brave woman.
She stops a horse from running away with a baby attached to it's saddle, and from that moment on Kaya looks up to Swan Circling. They develop a close relationship and the older girl helps teach Kaya about things she should know.
One of the very interesting things is how the Nez Perce used stories to pass along life lessons, much like the parable-telling in older times. The stories can on the surface be just fun stories, but there will be hidden meanings for those who wish to seek them.
The fact that life among the Native Americans was not easy, though, is also covered, as Kaya's sister is still captive of another tribe, and Kaya herself had to escape after being captured. The dangers of the life the Native Americans led is also shown when tragedy strikes a person who is out on a mission of mercy.
As always, there is also a historical section helping illustrate the type of life the Nez Perce lived. A good book in the series.
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