The Crimson Path of Honor
In The Crimson Path of Honor, the Civil War is over, and a violent period known as the Indian Wars is erupting. Ignoring the danger, a feisty young woman from Boston rebels against her tyrannical father’s plans to marry her off to a family friend, and she seizes an opportunity to go west to teach. On the way to the Oregon territory, her stagecoach is attacked, and she is captured by a marauding band of Lakota (Sioux) Indians who call the Rocky Mountains home.
Accepting her perilous situation, the young woman courageously confronts the daily hardships inherent in early Native American life. At first treated like an outcast, she eventually adapts to her circumstances and comes to respect the camaraderie of the Indians, even falling in love with her captor. Over time, she begins to challenge her abductor’s traditional views on bloodletting and violence as the path of honor. Torn by her inability to justify her growing feelings for her captor in a culture of violence, she continually wonders why God has abandoned her in such a desolate place.
Gradually, a purpose for her life unfolds. The young woman begins using her teaching skills to change the violent mindset of a few members of the Lakota band, even starting a secret Christian conclave within the fabric of the camp. Life’s heartbreaks, however, threaten to dismantle her goals. When her captor becomes chief and is forced to marry another, the young woman abandons her newfound purpose and recklessly tries to escape.
After being recaptured, her personal problems and feelings of despair fade as war becomes imminent. Due in part to her constant efforts advocating peace, her Lakota band courageously stands alone against an alliance of war. After she is kidnapped for revenge by a rival band, a fierce battle ensues between the two bands. In the end, the young woman has come full circle. Accepting that God has been with her all along, she courageously rides into battle to save the man she loves. For years, the young woman had questioned whether one person could make a difference in life. Yes becomes her resounding answer as she fully embraces the Lakota people she has come to love.
The Crimson Path of Honor is Book Three of The Indian Path Series. Each book in The Indian Path Series focuses on a different Native American tribe during the Indian Wars in the late 1800s, and the lives of fictional characters are woven into the true events. The theme of The Indian Path Series is how to find life’s purpose and a path of peace, love, courage, and faith in times of trouble. As American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”