While visiting relatives at Fort Pittsburgh, Clarissa Rogers is kidnapped by fur traders who take her to Ohio. A storm upsets the boat and Clarissa manages to reach shore only to be captured by Wolf Heart, a Shawnee brave.
Long ago Seth Johnson was taken captive by the Shawnee. Passing the gauntlet test, he was accepted and raised as a member of the tribe. In his heart he is all Shawnee.
When Clarissa is placed before the gauntlet she draws upon her inner strength and makes it through, showing courage and surprising herself and Wolf Heart.
As Clarissa plots her escape she listens and learns much about the Native American culture and Wolf Heart. The sexual tension between Wolf Heart and Clarissa grows until neither can deny their feelings. When he is injured she nurses him and when a measles epidemic strikes, Clarissa helps. She is inducted into the tribe as Dancing Fox.
While they live in relative peace there is always the threat of attack or starvation. When Clarissa learns she is pregnant, she begs Wolf Heart to let her go home. But life is no better there and Clarissa knows she must follow her heart and find a way to return to her beloved Wolf Heart.
Happily ever after is a given in this romance, but the path is filled with bumps and pitfalls, which is what moves the plot. The interesting characters and portrayal of Shawnee life is what Indian romance readers savor, but weve read this classic story line before. SENSUAL (Feb., 350 pp., $4.99)