In 1907 a photographer arrived at the Wind River Reservation, hoping to document the Arapaho way of life before it vanished. He staged an attach on a village, planning to capture it on film. But it became all too real when the chief's daughter was murdered and the killer never identified. Now almost a century later Arapaho Attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Mally discover a connection to present day events.
An exhibit of Edward S. Curtis's early 20th-century Plains Indians photographs has attracted a lot of visitors to the museum of St. Francis Mission on the Wind River Reservation. When someone shoots to death a descendant of a tribal chief shown in one of the Curtis pictures and the museum's new curator disappears, there could be a connection to a murder committed in 1907 on the rez. Meanwhile, Father John's assistant is preparing the mission for a visit from Wyoming senator Jaime Evans, who may soon be announcing his presidential candidacy and who proves to have a family link to the tell-tale Curtis photo.
A writer compared to Tony Hillerman Coel write of American Indians. This mystery finds Father John O'malley and Vicky Holden investigating a murder tat occured nearly a centure ago and is connected toa more recentn crime