A visceral portrait of life at a crossroads, The Orenda
opens with a brutal massacre and the kidnapping of the young
Iroquois Snow Falls, a spirited girl with a special gift. Her
captor, Bird, is an elder and one of the Huron Nation's great
warriors and statesmen. It has been years since the murder of his
family, and yet they are never far from his mind. In Snow Falls,
Bird recognizes the ghost of his lost daughter and sees that the
girl possesses powerful magic that will be useful to him on the
troubled road ahead. Bird's people have battled the Iroquois for as
long as he can remember, but both tribes now face a new, more
dangerous threat from afar.
Christophe, a charismatic Jesuit missionary, has found his
calling among the Huron, and devotes himself to learning and
understanding their customs and language in order to lead them to
Christ. An emissary from distant lands, he brings much more than
his faith to the new world.
As these three souls dance with each other through intricately
woven acts of duplicity, small battles erupt into bigger wars and a
nation emerges from worlds in flux.