A smart book about horses and how they bring three different cultures together. (Rural white, Native American, and European). A horse whisperer, a German "Lakota Sioux want to be" and a troubled and melancholy Indian are the main characters. The weakest character is the flatly written female protagonist. The author falls back on the "woman in peril" theme and could have done more. The characters are multi faceted and we hear their inner thoughts and are compelled to feel deeply about them. Emotionally intense, the narrative drew me into the multi-generational conflict set on the Rez. in South Dakota. The characters are presented with depth, empathy and charity. The story takes off on unexpected tangents, which mostly work except for the trip to Germany. The ending was disturbing and did not settle for a neatly wrapped up cliché. The book shows how everyone in a small town is linked to one another whether they want to be or even know it. I recommend the book but am not sure I will read the author's other books.