Benjamin Stone, a young Army officer, loves Hettie but takes part in the Cherokee roundup anyway and then serves as a military escort on the tragic Trail of Tears west. Hettie's family, meanwhile, is barely surviving in the cave on old-fashioned Cherokee lore, and their grandmother's loathsome pot scrubbers.
Ben learns rudimentary medicine from a kindly old doctor on the Trail and does his best to alleviate the suffering around him. Following many hardships, including the death of his patient, Quatie Ross, and the adoption of Tuti, an orphaned Cherokee, Ben returns from the West to search for Hettie and ask for her forgiveness.
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This book is amazing, such an engaging read!!!
Author Ann Emmons Petri and her illustrator brother, George Beale Emmons, have accurately described in l838 the United States Government 800 mile forced march of Cherokee Indians from Georgia to the present Oklahoma. A fascinating page turner describing the painful journey and the endurance of l6 year old twins, their father and grandmother. You never loose interest in the family. The illustrations are key to the descriptive passages. The Trail of Tears tragically describes the lives of Cherokee Indians and the horrific social inequities imposed upon native Americans. A truly great read.