During the winter of 1825, Richard Hamilton--a timid Harvard
philosophy student--arrives in St. Louis on business for his
father. Robbed and beaten, desperate to save his life, he
reluctantly joins the crew of the "Maria," a fur trader's keelboat.
Bound for the beautiful, wild, and dangerous Indian country of the
Upper Yellowstone River, the native Bostonian begins the education
and adventure of a lifetime.
On a converging path is Packrat, a Pawnee warrior who captures a
beautiful young Shoshone medicine woman named Heals Like a Willow.
But slaves with ties to the spirit world can--and do--fight
As the "Maria" struggles deeper into the wilderness, Richard and
Willow are cast together: seekers of knowledge and spirit,
unwitting adversaries separated by time, space, and birthright. As
inevitable as the collision of their two worlds, their love begins
to unfold--and with it the terrible consequences of a forbidden
The Morning River" is the first of The Man from Boston duology from
bestselling author W. Michael Gear--a western that has become a
classic tale of the dangers and possibilities of the American