A resource protection agent for the Bureau of Land Management finds that her satisfying career may be the death of her.
After a Pueblo child tells Jamaica Wild of a roaming buffalo herd, she arrives just in time to see Jerome Santana stomped to death. It appears to be suicide by buffalo, but Jamaica suspects Jerome was drugged. During Quiet Time on the Tanoah Pueblo, no outsider is allowed on the sacred land, and the prickly tribal police hustle Jamaica off. FBI agent Diane Langstrom and Jamaica’s boss are pressured to declare the death a suicide, but Jamaica can’t let it go. Jerome’s mother, Momma Anna, has been teaching Jamaica more about the ways of the Pueblo than the elders approve. After a condolence visit to Momma Anna’s home, Jamaica is accused in the local paper of causing the stampede by her careless driving. Momma Anna and Tecolote, a healer/witch, are having a hard time protecting Jamaica from a series of cryptic tribal curses. When Jamaica’s only family, her wolf pup Mountain, lies at death’s door from an unknown poison, she’s devastated but refuses to quit. An Amber Alert for a missing boy allows Jamaica, her boyfriend Kerry and Diane to saddle up and head for the sacred mountain and some hard-won answers.
Ault’s portrait of Pueblo life and the conflict of cultures she dramatizes are integral to her rousing debut.