Book two in the People of the Plains saga.
"There was dissent among the leaders of the Brule
Sioux. The warrior Blizzard demanded violent action against an increasing white presence that threatened to end forever his people's way of life. Badger, his rival, urged calm. But the peace between them could not last and a violent confrontation set the rivals against each other in a fight to the death.
Stationed in Fort Laramie, Second Lieutenant Benoit was sickened at the government's heartless treatment of the Indians, but he served his duty in a cruel attack on the tribe--until he was critically wounded far from his command. Rescued from death by the Brule White Crane, Benoit was brought back to camp and nursed back to life. As the attacks and counterattacks continued, both sides sensed that a showdown was not far off. But how it would start, and who would be left alive were questions that nobody could answer."