A year of evenings in 1948 spent with "Apache Bill" Russell, a second cousin to Geronimo, listening to his stories and gaining a deep appreciation for his people. I should have been doing homework from the university. Alas, I failed freshman chemistry, but I learned far more from Bill Russell than from any homework, or classes for that matter.
A young Apache boy, Kaetin, loses everything in one fateful night of death when many of his people are massacred by another Indian tribe. Stolen away and forced into captivity, Kaetin waits for his chance to escape, and when it comes, he kills the man responsible for the deaths of his mother and sister so many years ago. (John Duncklee)
But Kaetin must learn to accept what has happened in his life and turn away the bitterness that his thirst for revenge brings. Once he joins Geronimo’s band, he faces being shunned by many of the warriors for his unwillingness to become a warrior himself.
Can Kaetin survive in the harsh Apache world and stand true to his own beliefs? Through a white prospector, Silas, he learns that not all White Eyes are treacherous, and that revenge can never bring happiness. Reconciling his losses and his future proves to be the hardest thing he’s ever done.
The village was silent in death except for the sobbing that came from my friends and relatives. It was a temptation to beg for death, but we were forced into a line and herded away from our village. I kept thinking that my father would come with the other men and rescue us, but I knew they were all hunting far up the canyon. Our Papago captors made us walk away toward the south. None of the White Eyes or Mexicans bothered or helped us. It was not long before we realized that the Papago were taking us to be slaves. It was not only to provide them labor, but also to fulfill their revenge against us, the Apache, to whom they harbored a deep hatred that seemed to have lasted since the beginning of time.
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