The last two decades of the 19th century heralded not only the arrival of a new age, but the demise of Native American culture.

Cole Wilkins, a horse ranch owner, runs into an old friend who tells him of the devastating starvation and countless assaults on the Sioux in the Army's quest to tamp down rebellion. Later, Cole's horses are stolen by one of the rebellious Sioux -- a beautiful woman named August Moon.

August Moon believes her destiny is to help her people, even if it results in her death. She doesn't understand the white man Cole; he acts differently from the men who harass her tribe. When she is injured in a tribal attack, her close friend Wolf, who has had dealings with Cole, takes her to Cole's to recover. When their relationship becomes intimate and Cole declares his love, August runs away and Cole follows.

Together they survive massacres and imprisonment and fight to keep her dream alive. Although the point of view is hard to follow at times, this tale of truth, love, death and finally hope is a good read for historical buffs. SENSUAL (dl $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Faith V. Smith