Navajo medicine man, Yetso, flees from his home as Kit Carson's army sweeps Canyon de Chelly in January of 1864. Yetso escapes the invaders, but his clan and family are captured. His wife is sold into slavery. He must fight for revenge and to rescue his family. Instead, he's caught in the middle of a war to prevent the genocide of the Navajo.
While the army herds the Navajo to the Bosque Redondo prison camp, Yetso pursues powerful medicine to defeat the white man. He discovers he must also learn the craft of American statesmanship, the arts of patience, maneuvering, bribery, threats and trickery.
Yetso organizes the Navajo Council to resist the sure, slow extinction of his people on the Bosque Redondo reservation. He gives hope to the Navajo as he seeks to restore Hozho -- happiness, health, the beauty of earth, and good relations among men. He raids for supplies, and rustles cattle to feed the starving Navajo. He challenges the brutal Commandant of the reservation and is thrown into solitary confinement.
In his quest for the freedom of his people how will Yetso survive prison, save his young wife, and kill the renegades that threaten freedom for all the Navajo?
This exciting and compelling saga is about one man's transformation as he fights the battles of the oppressed that continue to rage in the world today.