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From the Publisher
From New York Times bestselling novelists W. Michael and
Kathleen O'Neal Gear comes the first book in a landmark new series
that paints a vivid portrait of the devastating clash of cultures
during the blood-drenched years that followed Spanish explorer
Hernando de Soto's landing in "La Florida" in 1539-as seen entirely
through the eyes of two courageous Native Americans.
Black Shell, an exiled Chickasaw trader, is fascinated by the pale,
bearded newcomers who call themselves "Kristianos," and not even
the counsel of Pearl Hand, the beautiful, extraordinary woman who
has consented to be his mate, can dissuade him. Only after a
firsthand lesson in Kristiano brutality does Black Shell fully
comprehend the dangers these invaders pose to his people's way of
life. And while his first instinct is to run far from the
Kristianos, Black Shell has been called to a greater destiny-by the
Spirit Being known as Horned Serpent. With Pearl Hand by his side,
Black Shell must find a way to unite the disparate tribes and
settlements of his native land and overcome the merciless armies of
de Soto. . . .