CRY OF THE WIND
This pre-historic tale is not only about survival and good triumphing over evil, but its also a love story.
Though related by blood, three villages, Cousin River People, Four Rivers People and Near River People are divided by war.
Aqamdax is first a beloved daughter, then a slave and then a wife. Her husband, Night Man, is cruel and unrelenting. Taking her from slavery, Night Man sacrifices her healthy newborn son to the lake.
In the cruel climate of Alaska, survival is the key and the caribou hunts are part of survival. The people follow the Shamans who lead them to the hunting trails. If a Shaman fails then the tribe may starve to death.
Chakilux, a storyteller, marries Night Mans sister, Star, though he is in love with Aqamdax. Star is spoiled, demanding and knows that her husband prefers another mans wife.
Ko, Chakiluxs mother, has been cast out of every village and springs back to gain revenge on her own family by using fear and poison. She is in this for survival, no matter who falls in her way.
CRY OF THE WIND is an in-depth look at character and how the people in early history would have acted and reacted. This is a very bloody and very primitive culture. Ms. Harrison weaves a believable story of epic superstition and explains the reasoning of these ancient people so well that we can understand their needs, fears and loves. (Apr.'99, 502pp.,$6.99)