Manifest Destiny meets our feminist moment as Soli conjures
the layered lives of two women—a teenager abducted and then held for
years by the Cheyenne and the straitlaced wife of General George Custer—as
they rove and marvel at wind-whipped prairies: "There was one tree.... The
tallest object for many miles around on the eastern side of the fort...when the
wind blew, a perfect snowfall of seedpods flew in all directions."
— Hamilton Cain