Primarily, this is a love story: a love triangle. It has many of the elements that readers of Margaret Mitchell and Colleen McCullough will enjoy with a beautiful half-Cherokee woman torn between two types of lovers -- one sacred and the other profane, or earthy. Starved to know her family history -- a taboo subject with her mother -- the granddaughter discovers the family secrets after finding her grandmother's diaries. The story takes the reader from a Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma to a Pacific atoll in WWII and to Venezuela, to Arizona and Colorado as the lives of its characters intertwine. As it is set in the mid-twentieth century, the heroine struggles with societal attitudes about duty, religion and love . Her granddaughter, forty years later, gets wrapped up in the story and finds out some truths about her family -- and herself. But, as I said before, it is primarily a love story. This is the first in an unique family saga that spans the 1940s to the 1980s (and maybe beyond).