The Civil War stole the only life Elizabeth Wheaton had known. The infamous Yankee Major James Ryerson's marauding men destroyed her home leaving her to find a new life.
Fleeing the war-ravaged South, Elizabeth heads West and is captured by the Cheyenne. Drawing on an inner strength, Elizabeth gains the respect of the tribe and becomes their revered healer, Many Fires.
Now her peaceful home on the prairie is menaced by Major Ryerson, whose men need her healing hands. Unable to forget the past, but willing to help, Elizabeth agrees to nurse Ryerson's wounded. But to protect her, they pose as man and wife.
Both James and Elizabeth have much to learn and to forgive, and they face new hardships as they see the prejudice and injustice forced upon the Cheyenne. As they are torn between love and hate, peace and war, they build a strong bond that nothing can tear apart.
MANY FIRES is a strikingly powerful debut from a marvelous new voice in the genre. Beautifully blending history with fiction, memorable characters with historical events, and a love story that goes against all odds, Kathleen Sage has produced a masterpiece! SENSUAL (Dec., 400 pp., $5.99)