This story of Hawk, a young Indian warrior, set in the United States' South West, is an epic of a dying people and a dying species. For to the Sioux, the buffalo was a totem and with the coming of ruthless white hunters and soldiers who understood the dependence of the Indian on the buffalo, a mass extermination of the animal began. Some killed for trophies, others in order to drive the defenseless Indians into closer cooperation with the white agencies and gradually, during the last century, the plan to extinguish the economic and spiritual life of the Sioux became effective. Hawk, son of a medicine man, and Kahtanka, a buffalo, shared an affinity: both were brave, both uprooted, both maintained a dedicated watch in time of extreme crisis. The recognition of these qualities in each other is movingly portrayed in this contrapuntal story in which the author skillfully succeeds in presenting her two heroes in terms of their own qualities.