Abducted by Indians from a wagon train on the Sante Fe Trail, Cassandra Morgan survives nine years with the Kiowas. She is traded as part of a prisoner exchange when the Indians attack the soldiers gathered for the trade.

The troops, led by Drew Reynolds, are stunned and accuse Cassandra of duplicity. To add to her problems, Drew was Cassie's first love. She believed him dead and finding him again is a dream come true.

A widower with a small child, Drew hates all Indians and would despise Cassie, but he cannot deny that he still desires her. He marries her as much for himself as his daughter. The passion between them is undeniable, but Drew's need for vengeance kills their love.

The only man who understands Cassie's plight is half-breed scout, Lone Hunter Jalbert. When others accuse her of spying, Lone Hunter tries to find the real traitor and when they are caught in the middle of a war, Cassie is torn between her two worlds.

SO WIDE THE SKY is a heartstirring, intense tale of a woman's search for her destiny. Well told with sharp edges and a clear picture of Cassie's hardships and the hideous prejudice she confronts, as well as the love she finds, this is a rich, powerful read that's impossible to put down. Elizabeth Grayson takes a place with Lucia St. Claire Robson, Anna Waldo and Beverly Bird as a new voice in Native American storytelling. SENSUAL (March, 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin