It is 1860 and gold has been discovered in the remote Saskatchewan wilderness. Fortune seekers pour into the territory, upsetting the balance between the Natives and Europeans who call the area home. When a trade negotiation at the Theroux trading post turns deadly, young Thomas finds himself forced into a role for which he is not prepared. With the help of his Indian uncle, the Métis teen ventures through the frontier wilderness of the Saskatchewan territory to Cumberland House to complete his father’s work.
Natural dangers await Thomas and his uncle along the North Saskatchewan as they negotiate the wild river. They are dogged by fellow Indians bent on repaying a Blood Debt and extinguishing the remains of the Theroux family. Cumberland House offers no respite, as the pair finds themselves embroiled in the power struggle between First Peoples and Europeans over how much civilization will take hold in the new Canada. While trying to find his place between the Indian and White worlds, Thomas learns the requirements of manhood for both, discovers unlikely allies, and sets in motion a love triangle, which threatens to ignite an Indian war that would annihilate what is left of the Gros Ventre tribe.
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