~~~~THUNDER FALLS~~~

THE EDUCATION OF LEOPOLD RED WOLF COMING FALL 2022

THUNDER FALLS

THE EDUCATION OF LEOPOLD RED WOLF

Released November 2022

Thunder Falls chronicles the transformation of Leopold Wolf from a naïve young man into a well-traveled and outspoken advocate for Native American rights. Leo and his father work for the Carlisle Indian School, a notoriously harsh institution governed by the mantra “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.”

At the school, Leo witnesses the abuse, neglect, and victimization of the children in his care and subsequently develops a deep sense of empathy and resolves to help them gain equality.

After Leo’s first year as a school counselor, he travels to the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, where he is told by the native elder and holy man—Black Elk, that he is to journey into the Black Hills and find the Sacred Pipe, which had been stolen by bandits.

On the journey, Leo learns more about the history and beliefs of the Lakota people and witnesses extraordinary phenomena that help him piece together the trauma of losing his mother with the questions he has about his own identity. It is within the caves of the Black Hills where he encounters the Red Wolf, and the Soul Tree.

This self-discovery gives him the strength to pursue his love—Sarah Cameron, daughter of Senator Cameron, the novel's antagonist, across the country, while experiencing the Buffalo Bill's Wild West show and risking his own safety to advocate for the well-being of the people he has come to care for.

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