When mixed-blood army scout Peter MacLoon is caught in the middle of the short-lived Dakota Uprising he realizes there are two sides to every story—and both sides want him dead. Son of a Dakota mother and his father a Scottish trader, whites don’t trust him, and the Indians don’t, either.
But Peter makes a promise to two women, both of them alone in the wild territory, that he will see them to safety. Believing he’s done the right thing for beautiful Emma Foster, he travels on to complete his mission for the army. But he stumbles upon a white captive that he must free—and when he does, he vows to keep her safe until he can return her to the world she was stolen from years earlier.
Keeping his word may be the death of him when she is captured again by marauding Indians, and he must face the GUNS OF THE PRAIRIE to save her—or die trying.
No change in the stoic Indian’s expression was evident from the time I pulled a gun on him to the time I gave him food. He picked up the small sack and disappeared silently into the dark woods.
“You could have killed him,” Jacques whispered.
“He could have killed you,” he added.
Jacques was quiet, propped up on an elbow, looking thoughtfully at me for a moment before he spoke again. “You pity the Indian.” From his tone, it was unclear whether he approved or found it offensive.
“Hunger changes a man,” I said. “When a man has been hungry long enough, he becomes a wild beast.”
“So, when an Indian is a little hungry, you'll feed him. But when he is very hungry, you'll shoot him.” Jacques shrugged, rolled over, and went back to sleep.
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