Mackenzie Daniels has finally gotten her first commission to paint and is sent to Fort Belvadere to portray the peace makers there. But the King's soldiers have other ideas, and Mackenzie ends up saving a young Shawnee from being hanged for a crime he did not commit.

The boy's uncle, Fire Dancer, is grateful, but refuses to sit for her painting. Giving her a knife and a forbidden taste of passion, his only duty is to make peace between the French and British and keep his people out of the fighting.

Fiercely stubborn, Mackenzie paints him in secret. Believing she has stolen a measure of his soul, Fire Dancer kidnaps her when the fort is attacked.

When she finds herself in Fire Dancer's village, she must face the shaman and a sentence she may not be willing to pay.

In FIRE DANCER, Ms. Faulkner portrays the Shawnee's middle-man role in a rough patch of our history, and the hope that it will all turn out all right. History has proven otherwise, but in Mackenzie and Fire Dancer's world, passion and the dark secrets of a man's past weave a compelling tale.

Lose yourself in the vivid, all-senses-tuned world that Ms. Faulkner has created for's an exceptional ride. SENSUAL (Nov., 320 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Anne Black