Another visit to the Colorado territory of Ute Indian policeman Charlie Moon, his white friend Scott Parris, chief of police at nearby Granite Creek, and Charlie’s aged Aunt Daisy, a shaman afflicted by visions and prophecies, presently sharing her trailer home with eight-year-old orphan Sarah Frank (The Shaman’s Game, 1998, etc.). The whole area is talking about the mammoth skeleton found on Nathan McFain’s dude ranch, now being examined, under a huge tent, by world-famed experts in the fields of paleontology and archaeology, headed by Professor Moses Silver and his daughter Dr. Delia Silver—and being heralded by no less than the cover of’ Time magazine. The diggers are deaf Jimson Beugmann and Horace Flye, a newcomer from Arkansas who shares his beat-up trailer with his six-year-old daughter Butter. An important second find at the site is a flint blade that eventually brings Charlie and Scott into a complex plot involving a wealthy collector, tons of’ money, and local antiques dealer Ralph Briggs. More importantly, it leads to the deaths of McBain and Flye, leaving Butter in Aunt Daisy’s care and Charlie to figure out the whole unlikely series of’ events. The patient reader with a taste for Indian lore will be intrigued. Others may be put off by the endless turns of plot and the too-frequent, determinedly poetic explorations of myths and mesas. A hard-working combination of fantasy and practicality, then, but not for everyone.