The Wild Girl

Written by Jim Fergus
Review by pdr lindsay-salmon

Told as in the notebooks of Ned Giles, a teenage photographer in 1932, The Wild Girl tells of his fateful encounter with a captured Apache girl while on an expedition to rescue a wealthy young Mexican child kidnapped years earlier. The expedition is a colorful band of rich adventure-seeking Americans, soldiers, politicians, and an anthropologist. Ned and Margaret, the anthropologist, decide that they can trade the wild girl for the boy. Their plan kicks the adventure into high gear and leads to disastrous results.

This is a remarkable adventure, peopled with unforgettable characters and told through coming-of-age eyes soon scarred by events that mark his life forever. A fine galloping read as well as a literary achievement. Highly recommended.