This is a rather strange story; the heroine is carted off to a brothel because she was caught (by her step-father) doing some serious kissing and groping with a local boy. Josie is the house-slave for her step-father and 14 brothers (Mom is deceased).
She was doing cooking and laundry at the brothel when a Cheyenne warrior abducts Josie and Sissy (a black prostitute) . Long Belly gets Sissy for himself and Josie to take care of his brother's needs (Daniel Mc Cord) he'd recently broken his leg. Josie has been taking care of the men in her family since she was 5 and she had no intention of taking care of Daniel.
Josie was thoroughly unlikable; she was cruel to Daniel's twins, argumentative and selfish. Daniel kept talking about how much he loved her; he did many of the housekeeping tasks and still Josie was unhappy. I couldn't understand why Daniel loved her.
Josie did grow during the story because she came to realize that the buffalo was more important to a race of people than to her dream of a ranch. However, it wasn't enough to redeem Josie's meanness.
I was not familiar with this writer when I picked it up to read several years ago-nice surprise-engaged me from chapter one. I think the reveiwer listed here read a different book than I did! It had wonderfully complex characters, interesting secondary characters also. The heroine had her flaws and also her strenths. The hero was fully developed, nice change that. A very good read!