“It is observed that in any great endeavor, it is not enough for a person to depend solely on himself.” ~ Lakota Proverb
They called it a terrible glory and the last great battle for the American West. The battle of Little Big Horn was the last stand by Commander George Armstrong Custer against the Lakota tribes, but to Lily James it was the last stand between her old life and her new life.
After her in-laws swindle away the family fortune, Lily and her husband, Alfred, head out west into the frontier plains of South Dakota, the only land available to poor people and far away from the debts haunting them. When a band of Lakota warriors attacks their wagon train, her husband is killed and Lily is taken captive.
Widowed Lakota warrior Tahatan has vowed never to take another bride. However, when the Great Spirit shows him a vision, he finds himself forced into a marriage with the outspoken, yellow-haired Yankee woman captured at the hands of his people.
With Custer’s sights set, not only on the gold hidden in the depths of the Black Hills Mountains, but on Lily too, the Commander begins attacking along the tribe villages. Can Lily overcome the demons of her past and defend Tahatan and his people? Or will she betray them all for the actions against her dead husband?
Projected completion date of Winter 2018. Release TBD after submissions to agents and publishers.