It’s 1840, and Robert Terrill Rundle—sent from Cornwall, England, to Christianize the wild Indians of the Canadian plains—is stepping into a harsh world. The whites cling to their isolated forts, while two powerful First Nations groups—the Blackfoot Confederacy and the Plains Cree Alliance—struggle for control of their hunting grounds and the diminishing buffalo herds.
Enter Rundle, a Methodist missionary armed only with the Bible. When he realizes that only a handful of Indians ever come to the forts, he decides that he must go to them, despite the many dangers that the Company men regularly and quite happily point out. But neither these warnings, nor his frail health will stop him from fulfilling his mission.
Terrence Rundle West, a descendent of Reverend Rundle’s older brother, John, has used these first-hand accounts as the basis for his fictionalized account of Rundle’s time in the northwest. He adeptly brings to life such historic figures as Chief Factor John Rowand and Chief Trader Ted Harriott of the Hudson Bay Company, Cree Chief Maskepetoon, Peigan (Blackfoot) Chief Many Swans, Assiniboine (Sioux) Chief Piapot, and Jesuit priest Jean De Smet. A long-established way of life for fur traders and First Nations alike was coming to an end, and Rundle found himself in the middle as the various factions fought to survive.
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