When the aunt that raised her and her little sister die, Emma OBrien is determined to find the father who abandoned them long ago. With more guts than sense, she travels to find her father in the wilderness fort. Left only with letters of his adventures, she plans to make him face his responsibilities before he travels off again.
Emma is in a hurry and when the boat she is traveling on is halted, she accepts the offer of a slick soldier, Captain Derek Sanders, to take her over land. But Sanders has evil intentions and his cruelty soon surfaces. Then a staged Indian attack goes awry and Emma and Renny are captured and separated.
Her captor, Striking Thunder, keeps his promiseseven after he realizes this captive is his enemys daughter. He has promised to see her safe and release her, though he is torn between his duty, his promise and his growing love for the girl.
WHITE FLAME is a wonderful, romantic read filled with adventure and action; characters who are full of depth, and a mystical story that makes you want to hold the Native Americans to your heart. Ms. Edwards weaves a page-turning adventure, albeit with a sometimes-predictable but always-enjoyable plot. SENSUAL (Nov., 380 pp., $5.99)