“Many of us have borne witness to buffalo being shot while searching for food outside Yellowstone’s borders in the depths of hard winters. All of us know the connection between the buffalo and the Tribes. But how many of us are aware of the effect of the slaughter on the Tribes’ wish for the Park’s excess buffalo alive, or the necessity of the meat of the slaughtered to feed the hungry on the Reservations?
Shari Nault’s characters come together when the Blackfeet are called to butcher the slain animals. Running the gamut from holy man to renegade, all of them find themselves outlaws against unjust law. White man’s law.
In a suspenseful story of hiding out in the Park in the dead of winter, of plotting a takeover of the park–a take-back–of the park, of trying to honor the animal who is kin, of warriors who cannot stay out of trouble no matter what they do, of the never-ending white suspicion of the Indian, of the annoying tough white woman who comes to the rescue, of the nobility of the Tribes’ leaders, Nault hasn’t left out much. Palpably capturing what winter in Yellowstone feels like, she also exposes the tenuousness of the Indian/White understanding, while forcefully presenting the power of Indian ritual in the face of American bureaucracy.”