During the skirmishes and travel 111 whites lost their lives and 96 Nez Perce were killed. Thirty-six of those women and children.
When the Nez Perce finally surrendered they believed they would be sent back to their beloved home but they would not see Idaho or Oregon for seven years.
My third book in the Spirit trilogy, Spirit of the Sky will be out in 2012. It is set during the flight of the Nez Perce looking for freedom.
Sa-qan, the eagle spirit entrusted with watching the Nimiipuu from above, must show herself in human form to save her mortal niece. As the Nimiipuu are being forced from their land by the U.S. Army, Sa-qan challenges the restrictions of her spirit world and finds an unexpected ally in a handsome Cavalry officer.
Lt. Wade Watts, a veteran of the Civil War, offers to help the blonde woman he encounters hiding a Nez Perce child, certain the woman is a captive. While her intelligent eyes reveal she understands his language, she refuses his help. To save her from oppression, he must save her whole tribe. To give her his heart, he must desert his career.