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Pub Date: 2016
ISBN: 9780991025947
Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer
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by Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

"Someone's going to be king in this territory. No reason it can't be me. It sure won't be you."


Someone is tearing at the fabric of the Choctaw Nation while political turmoil, assassinations, and feuds threaten the sovereignty of the tribe, which stands under the U.S. government's scrutiny.

When heated words turn to hot lead, Ruth Ann Teller-a mixed-blood Choctaw-fears losing her brother, who won't settle for anything but the truth. Matthew is determined to use his newspaper, the Choctaw Tribune, to uncover the scheme behind Mayor Thaddeus Warren's claim to the townsite of Dickens. Matthew is willing to risk his newspaper-and his life-to uncover a traitor among their people.

But when Ruth Ann tries to help, she causes more harm than good-especially after the mayor brings in Lance Fuller, a schoolteacher from New York, to provide a rare educational opportunity for white children. How does this charming yet aloof young man fit into the mayor's scheme?

When attacks against the newspaper strike and bullets fly, a trip to the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 is the key to saving the Choctaw Tribune and Matthew's investigation. But Ruth Ann must find the courage to face a journey to the White City-without her brother.

"Sarah introduces many issues: race relations, the presence of Jews in the Choctaw Nation, the Lighthorsemen, the educated and civilized Choctaw, a few greedy white people, the struggle for women to have equal rights and be able to pursue careers, the political issues of the Nationals and the Progressives, the confusion and separation of the two tiered system for lawbreakers for the white man and the Indian in Indian Territory, morality, integrity, doing what is right and the Gospel message. These issues are all woven into the story of the Teller family. So much intrigue and mystery."-Beverly Hardy Allen, author of Back Then: A Choctaw Family's Noble Legacy of Perseverance