A Holy Man, who lives in both this world and the Spirit world, waits hidden in a cave in the canyons, as a newly made woman runs toward him. She flees her would-be suitor, who wants from her more than she can give, and runs right into a snowstorm.
The Holy Man and his constant companions, a colony of mice, accept the woman within the cave. She worries that the Holy Man may be crazy, but given her fear of the man who desires her, maybe crazy is not so bad.
Shining Light, now grown and with family, dreams of the woman and the Holy Man in the canyons. After four seasons of calm and peace in the Forest of Trees, he must go to them. He seeks guidance, but the Spirits tell him only that he must rescue these two people. Ever Shining Light’s faithful companion, White Paws, now with a larger family of his own, senses he must follow his Human Brother.
Shining Light thinks he is going to sneak out with only his cousin, Gentle Wisdom, but he is wrong. His strong-minded woman refuses to be left behind, even though she has just given birth. Shining Light may be a man, but the women in his life keep deciding things for him.
He starts his journey with part of his family, and a hairy-faced one they once called their enemy, in tow. White Paws and his entire pack join them, as does one stubborn, overbearing mustang with her own ideas of who is in charge.
The adventure exceeds all of Shining Light’s expectations. He learns more about himself, and about Gentle Wisdom, than the Holy Peoples of his band could ever teach him.
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