In the 17th-century United States, Katanaquat of the Narragansett tribe grows into a legendary warrior. His name means "Rain From God," and he takes pride in challenging his people's gods at every turn.

When the white men from across the ocean invade his shores, they make inroads on Katanaquat's way of life. Though the One God of All Things appeals to him, he's learned from experience to trust no god.

Nor does he trust these pale-skinned settlers who take more than they give and do not understand the way of things among the Narragansett. Hatred and confusion rule Katanaquat's life. Will he yield to the tugs on his heart from this One God before death darkens his eyes?

In an arresting and authentic first-person voice that's laced with powerful imagery, Ammerman weaves a tale that will echo in readers' hearts long after the final page is turned. No simplistic conversion tale, this is a gritty and honest novel of depth, understanding and compassion. (Apr., 320 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson