Return of the Amerind

Return of the Amerind

by George Callaghan

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Overview

Return of the Amerind is a contemporary novel that continues the story-line of its predecessor, Herons Poynte.

The first novel began in a sod hut in the Oklahoma panhandle. There, an Indian boy named David Waterfield, learns the history of his tribe from his grandfather. He is appalled to hear that his Choptank ancestors were forced off their sacred land on the Chesapeake by an English Lord who murdered their chief and massacred many of his warriors.


When David becomes a man, he returns to the Chesapeake, determined to find his tribe's sacred land and reclaim it for his people. His main clues are a belt of shell beads woven with the image of a great tree at the water's edge and an ancient parchment written in the lost language of his Choptank ancestors by a Jesuit priest, Francisco de Genoa.

Following the clues, David eventually discovers his people's sacred land. However, he is dismayed to find that what was once a natural paradise has now become a notorious steel mill. Running night and day, the foundry at Herons Point is a flagrant polluter of the Chesapeake and is thought to be responsible for the growing number of lung cancer deaths in surrounding communities.

Filled with outrage, David contests ownership of the property with the proprietor of the mill, one Caecilius Blackburn, a wealthy industrialist and direct descendant of the English lord who was responsible for the crimes against his people.

Using their enormous resources, the Blackburns rebuff David at every turn. His efforts seem futile until the unexpected discovery of Father de Genoa's Choptank vocabulary sends David halfway across the world and into the dark splendor of the Pope's Secret Archives in Vatican City.

The information translated from the parchment forms the basis for a class action suit against Blackburn Steelworks. During the court proceeding, Blackburn lawyers call an expert to the stand who testifies (in return for a big fee) that David's parchment is a fraud. To make matters worse, they produce a fake "original" that supports their client's ownership of the land.

David attempts to get proof of the Blackburns' deceit. In the process, he is gunned down and presumably killed. But the new evidence he has uncovered endures. When it is introduced into evidence in the trial, the jury quickly rules in favor of the Choptank people. Stolen lands are returned and a massive financial judgment is awarded to the remaining members of the tribe.

In the Return of the Amerind we find out that Justice for the Choptanks has only been a cleverly constructed illusion. Judge Jason Andrews, an old prep school friend of Caecilius Blackburn, has awarded control of the billion-dollar judgment to TempleBank & Trust, a bank owned by Damian St. Julian, another crony of the Blackburns. Together, the judge and banker secretly plot to withhold the money from the beneficiaries for as long as possible and use it for their own benefit.

All seems lost until, David Waterfield miraculously reappears. Once more he comes into conflict with those who would steal his people's birthright and heritage.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149589616
Publisher: Cashel & Kells Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/06/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 399
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

A long time resident of Annapolis, Maryland, the author is an avid sailor and environmentalist. His work as a documentary and commercial filmmaker has won him many national awards. His feature film script, The Last Foxhunt, was honored by a Gold Medal at the Houston International Film Festival. Mr. Callaghan graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in English Literature and received a MA in the same subject from Northwestern University. He can be reached through his website at www.heronspoynte.com

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