from back- In the recent past, the People lived in fear, constantly pursued by their ancient enemies, the Head Splitters. But that was before Spaniard Juan Garcia arrived, bringing horses-Elk-Dogs. He taught his adopted people to ride and fight, to defy death and be victorious. Slowly, at first, they learned the ways of the magnificent animals that Garcia brought them. Soon, none could stand against them, and the once cowering and timid People became lords of the American Great Plains. The Head Splitters were defeated and now the People live a life of peace and prosperity.
But not all are satisfied with peace. Eager to prove their manhood, the youths of the tribe long for the days of war. Against the direct orders of their elders, the young bloods seek out the Head Splitters and, waging their own war, place the entire tribe in jeopardy.
"Before, he was the outsider. Now Juan Garcia, the Spaniard who had brought horses--elk-dogs--to the People, was a chief with a new name, Heads Off. Before, the People had run from their traditional enemies, the Head Splitters. Now the People were warriors who had become respected by others on the Great Plains. But like youths of any other time and place, the young Bloods of the tribe were thirsty for battle to prove themselves men. Against the direct oders of their elders, the young men wanted to continue their war with the Head Splitters. It was up to Heads Off to keep the peace-among his own people."
Loving the old west and Indians. The writing blends very well. I have read most of this series and love every book. The plains indians and their culture, you feel like you are apart of history