The year is 1870, and the last great smallpox epidemic is sweeping through the prairies. After witnessing the death of his entire family, White Cloud, a young Plains Cree boy, summons the strength to deliver himself from the terrible disease and journey to a new home. Readers also reconnect with Edwin, a lost young man on his own quest (introduced in Book 1, Stone). By learning about the bravery and perseverance of White Cloud, Edwin summons his own courage and travels to confront the main source of his own despair. Content may be disturbing to some readers.