The brutal murder of his baby sister, Kylee, puts undercover FBI agent Dane White Eagle in a unique and dangerous position. He is trying to infiltrate the Big Elk gang, which manufactures a deadly form of Ecstasy. The FBI hopes that by pinning Kylee's murder on Dane, he can get into prison and, more importantly, next to Bobby Big Elk.

Dr. Claire Colby ends up involved with Dane. It was Claire who treated Kylee's gunshot wound and who testif- ied at Dane's trial. She is shocked when, months later, Dane's murder conviction is overturned and he goes home to the reservation where Claire now works. The evidence points to Dane being a scoundrel, but she can't help feeling there is more to him than meets the eye.

Both Dane and Claire appear to be experiencing the same strange dream, but what does it mean? Can they figure it out before danger boils over?

The culture and beliefs of the Lakota people play a significant and influential role in Aitken's mesmerizing novel. Having to keep so many secrets from those he loves places a great burden on Dane. Choices made and justice sought make this extremely powerful reading. (Dec., 323 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith