New York City, August 1889: within sight of Madison Square
Park, a man lays dead in a darkened construction site. Jim
Tupper, a Mohawk of the Iroquois nation, stands over the
body. Within minutes he's seen. And as police whistles
scream in the night, he runs, knowing there is but one
place to hide.
With the police hounding him, Tupper makes his way back to
the place he knows best-the vast, unsettled Adirondack
wilderness. What he finds upon his return is both familiar
and strange, a homeland torn by forces from within and
without. But after surviving a deadly chase through the
streets, back alleys, and underworld haunts of a teeming
lower Manhattan, he is home, and Tupper sinks beneath the
surface of the Adirondack forest, blending back into the
landscape of his youth.
But he has left a trail of death behind, a trail leading
dangerously close to a fantastic luxury hotel deep in the
heart of the wilderness where Captain Tom Braddock and his
family are vacationing. Worlds collide when Tom's son
becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young maid at
the hotel. To clear him, Braddock has no choice but to find
the illusive Indian, a man who knows the forest as well as
Tom knows the streets. Determined to catch Tupper no matter
the cost, Braddock launches an epic chase through more than
a hundred miles of Adirondack lakes, rivers and forest, his
guide the legendary Mitchell Sabattis.
But not all in the Adirondacks is as it appears. Powerful
forces have been set in motion, and as developers make
manifest their need to rein in the wilderness, Tom too
wonders what the vast forests might hold. Will he find the
clues he needs to exonerate his son and put a killer behind
bars? Or will the great forest smother its secrets in
shadow until its price has been paid in blood?