in 1818 strikes out with his family from Tennessee to the “Arkansaw”
Territory to build a new life in the frontier west of the
Mississippi. Tom’s father, John Murrell, plans to carve a homestead
out of the wilderness, but Tom wants no part of it. He wants to do
something else with his life besides spend it behind a plow, but it
seems he has no choice in the matter. Their expedition would take the
Murrell family and their traveling companions through the perilous
Great Raft, a 100-mile tangle of broken trees, stumps and hidden
perils between Natchitoches, the last civilized town on their journey
and Long Prairie, their destination on the banks of the Red River.
for Tom and John when they encounter an Indian massacre — four Osage
are murdering a Kado Xinesi (high priest), and his guide. Trying to
save the Kado, Tom is forced to kill one of the Osage braves and is
almost killed himself. Before Tiatesun, the Kado holy man dies, he
makes Tom his blood brother and draws a map in his own blood in
John’s Bible to some place called Na-Da-cah-ah. Tiatesun wants them
to somehow get the map to his tribal elders. This draws Tom into a
raging conflict between the Kado and their arch enemies, the Osage.
His new friends Mattie and James say there is no alternative. They
must use the map to find Na-Da-cah-ah. Only then can Tom be sure that
his family and friends will be safe.
against time – a race against Wey Chutta’s band of renegade
Osage. Dangers are everywhere. The only chance to save his family is
for Tom, Mattie and James to join with six Kado warriors, make sense
from the map and the many clues they uncover on their quest, and
discover the real Na-Da-cah-ah. It could already be too late. Because
the Osage know more than they should. Everything and everyone
important to Tom is threatened unless he can solve the mysteries of
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Murrell, patriarch of the Murrell family whose 1818 expedition from
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pre-Columbian and early frontier periods, including the tribe’s
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