The Northern Cheyenne flee the disease-ridden reservation in Oklahoma bound for Powder River country in southeastern Montana. Enduring winter on the open plains, running battles, murder and mutiny, their chief, Little Wolf, leads his people home, praying that—if they elude the thousands of soldiers pursuing them—they’ll be allowed to stay.
Zach McCallister believes his young son, Luke, is a Cheyenne captive and he’ll use any means to find him, including Caroline Whitley, the woman rumored to be Little Wolf’s wife. Caroline needs help to deliver food and medicine to the starving Cheyenne people, to whom she owes her life, and can’t refuse when Zach agrees to be her guide.
But after weeks together on the trail, Zach finds himself mesmerized by Caroline’s strength and determination, while Caroline relishes the security of Zach’s stalwart presence and the reassurance in his calm gray eyes. Can a hardened soldier defy the Army to reclaim the child he’s lost, and convince a traumatized woman to trust her scarred and wounded soul to love, or will each of them remain . . . Hope’s Captive?