Richard S. Wheeler
There is a season for all things. . .
For Barnaby Skye, legendary guide and man of the borders, it is time to start a new life. For Skye's younger wife, the beautiful Shoshone woman he calls Mary, it is time to find the beloved son she has not seen in seven years. For Skye's half-blood son, North Star, it is time to discover who he is. And for Skye's older Crow wife, Victoria, the whole world is spinning out of control.
In this sweeping novel of the early West, Skye and his wives and son cope with radical change as the wilderness vanishes, the buffalo are slaughtered, and the government puts the tribes on reservation lands. How can people born and bred to tribal life learn to live another way?
Their struggle takes the Skyes from the Crazy Mountains in Montana to St. Louis and the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, wrestling with the tide of settlers and the new settlements that dot the western plains and mountains - a tide that leaves no good place for a veteran borders man with two Indian wives and a mixed-blood son.
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One bitter dawn in 1870, Barnaby Skye realized he had not lived in a house for fifty-two years. He was thirteen years old when a press gang snatched him off the cobbled streets of East End, in London, and he found himself a powder monkey in the Royal Navy. For seven cruel years he had lived in the bowels of frigates, and after that, in the wilds of North America. But never again in a place with a kitchen and hearth and bedroom and parlor.
He wrapped his blanket tight about him against the brutal cold, crawled out the door of his buffalo-hide lodge, and slowly made his way over
"WHEELER'S westerns just keep getting better and better."--Publisher's Weekly
"WHEELER is a writer's writer whose prose has the authority of handset type but sparkles like horseshoes on flint rock."--Kirkus Reviews
"An exciting, suspenseful story with Barnaby once more facing stronger odds than any man should, but no one should count this unlikely mountain man out."--Roundup Magazine on The Fire Arrow
"Based on the author's considerable knowledge of the early West and driven by memorable characters, The Fire Arrow is a deftly written story of personal integrity and love."--The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News