As he does in "Wisdom's Daughters" (1993) and "Wisdomkeepers" (1991), Wall here presents Native American mythology and tradition in a narrative framework that honors his own search as well as the wisdom he encounters. But this book is edgier, more adventurous than the others. Wall brings his own fears and doubts, angers and pain into the search with him, and those human limitations call forth stirring responses from the elders he encounters. He does a masterly job of describing the seemingly ordinary occurrences that teach profound lessons--as when he set off on a breakdown-plagued journey to a teacher, only to find that the frustrating journey itself was the lesson. An odd and fascinating, quirky and profound book.