By: James Alexander Thom
Rated 5+ Stars
I have been chipping away at this book all month dragging it out as far as possible. It's descriptions of the daily life of the Indians is wonderful. It was however a little heavy handed as far as depicting all white people with the exception of those of the Quaker religion as bad and all Indians as noble. It would have more believable to me had he been more even handed in his portrayal of both races. Still, it was a great read and I recommend it highly.
The Slocum family of Northeastern Pennsylvania are the best of the white settlers, peace-loving Quakers who believe that the Indians hold the Light of God inside. It is from this good-hearted family that Frances is abducted during the Revolutionary war.
As the child's terror subsides, she is slowly drawn into the sacred work and beliefs of her adoptive mother and of all the women of these Eastern tribes. Frances becomes Maconakwa, the Little Bear Woman of the Miami Indians. Then, long after the Indians are beaten and their last hope, Tecumseh, is killed, the Slocums hear word of their long-lost daughter and head out to Indiana to meet their beloved Frances. But for Maconakwa, it is a moment of truth, the test of whether her heart is truly a red one.