On the plains of north central Texas in 1857, stagecoach driver Ned Bright finds an exhausted, injured woman lying in the road. Assisted by some Catholic nuns and his business partner, Ned tries to find Taabe Waipu’s identity and her American birth family. She has escaped captivity by the Numinu and wants to return to her former life – but the Comanche have other plans.
Susan Page Davis portrays the appealing Taabe Waipu as an intelligent, brave, multidimensional woman. Taabe is quiet and unassuming but has a solid core of strength and persistence. Her love story with Ned is lifeless, and few sparks fly, but the book is worth reading for Taabe’s experiences alone. Life in the Old West is vividly drawn, with the mix of American, Mexican, French, and Native American cultures giving the story texture and historical interest. The Comanche attack scenes are especially powerful and frightening. Taabe Waipu is an admirable heroine, and the reader will cheer for her as she regains her true self and recoups what was lost to her in childhood – and much more. Recommended.