In 1810, Timothy Ambrose flies into a rage at what his daughter Emily wears. As he calls her names like "Satan's Spawn", she tries to explain that she has no other dress as Father Richard ripped the one she is wearing when he accosted her. Refusing to listen, Timothy beats her before informing his wife that they are leaving behind this whore in the Territory of Michigan wilderness.
Sioux Chief Swift Foot seeks the spirit world on a quest. Instead he finds a frightened Emily and protects her from the danger of the wild. He takes her back to his people, but on the journey they fall in love. However, Swift Foot cannot be the tribe chief and marry a white. Responsibility forces him to abandon a stunned Emily.
Trapper John Cartier is lonely so when he finds Emily he hopes that God has answered his prayers for a companion. He falls in love with her, but Emily knows that love hurts and refuses to fall under the beguiling spell of her host.
The seventh tale in Susan Edward's "White ..." series, WHITE DAWN, is an exciting Indian-frontier romance that is actually a prequel to the first novel (see WHITE WIND). The angst-laden story line is fast-paced as readers see the story of Sarah Cartier's parents, both of whom are delightful characters seeking yet fearing love in a cruel world. Though at times the emotion is too melodramatic, fans will appreciate this engaging story and look forward to the other prequel tale starring the parents of Golden Eagle (Swift Foot and Small Bird).
Great read on a cold winters night....