The White Man's Road Author:Benjamin Capps This is the story of a magnificent horse-stealing raid led by Joe Cowbone: how it was planned; why it was planned; how it turned out. — It is also the story of a family split up in the turmoil of the Indian Wars: the Comanche mother, Little Brown Girl, and her pathetic faith in the strength of an old love; the elusive father, a white trader who h... more »ad vanished many years before; and the son, rebellious Joe Cowbone.
It is, most of all, the story of Joe Cowbone's desire to become a man. But how could an Indian on a reservation become a man? There was no model to follow. The white man's way was alien and difficult. Those Indians who followed it -- Great Eagle, the white soldier's friend, and Freddy Bull, who had gone to the white school at Carlisle -- had become embittered and estranged from both white world and Indian. Yet it was no longer possible to take the Indian way. The qualities that had made the Comanches lords of the south plains -- their pride, bravery, nobility, initiative, individuality -- had no function on the reservation.
How Joe resolved his dilemma, and how he groped and finally fought his way to manhood, form the substance of this engrossing novel. It is a story filled with action, yet its movement is psychological. And it satisfies with its absolute authenticity of character and setting.« less