Sacred is the Wind Author:Kerry Newcomb Panther Burn, a lean, virile and proud Cheyenne, grieves for his once proud people. For they have embraced the Christian culture in an effort to maintain peace. Now broken in spirit, they will not listen to his words of freedom. Yet there is one who is not afraid of his fiery independence-the beautiful daughter of a medicine woman, Rebecca Bl... more »ue Thrush. Trained in the art of magical, sacred Indian rites, she, too, yearns for the way of life she remembers from her childhood. Drawn to Panter Burn by his haunting melodies and ancient tales of the tribe's courage, she rides with him into the mountains one glorious night. Their desires merge with the wind and stars and their bodies and souls become one.
But their happiness together arouses the jealousy of Rebecca's suitor, James Broken Knife. In a fit of revenge, he kills the brother of Colonel Bragg-a man with a personal vendetta against Indians-and frames Panther Burn for the murder. It is to have tragi consequencies for the entire tribe. Colonel Bragg and an enraged mob ride on the Cheyenne tribe bent on bloody revenge, and leave only a frightened handful of Indians alive.
Panther Burn, vowing to preserve their culture, becomes leader of the shattered group, and continues to fight against the increasingly powerful white man. When he is eventually captured and imprisoned, Rebecca, bound to him in spirit, clings to her faith in their love, hoping it will keep him alive. Her prayers are answered when he escapes from jail. But there is a price on his head, and Rebecca must summon all her courage and strength to send her warrior lover on what could very will be his last brave battle....« less