In the wilderness of frontier Illinois, two generations of Cole physicians befriend the starving remnants of the Sauk tribe, absorbing their culture and learning their remedies, as they become sucked into the bloody vortex of the Civil War. This second book of the Cole trilogy, a New York Times “Notable Book,” was declared “Best Historical Novel of 1991/1992” by the Society of American Historians, which awarded Noah Gordon the first James Fenimore Cooper Prize.
“What a book! It’s a joy to read. Noah Gordon has given those of us who like good, strong, warm-hearted novels a wonderful gift.”
“A sweeping historical drama... described with precision and unflinching verisimilitude. Gordon writes with the skill and patience of a good doctor... powerful.”