The history time: 1790 to 1840. To fictional families are taken through this time in history. One is white and the other Cherokee. Character development makes the pages turn.
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This a portrayal of two plebeian families that lived far into the Appalachian Mountains. The fiery Jasper Burnine family , Caucasian, and the Moon Clan, Cherokee, were across from the other on Clear Creek. Surprisingly, they became close. The hot-tempered Burnines became bitter over the ill treatment of the Moon Clan. The Moon, the ex-Cherokee warrior, became an enraged madman. Privately, he declared war on those that came to molest his family. The intruders that couldn't escape his wrath were left as food for the buzzards and foxes.
The book has a powerful story. It is fast paced, violent romantic, bawdy, hard bitten, comical, and haunting. Life was hard in the mountains. Half the children died young. In the new nation there was little law enforcement, so each family stayed on guard.