Scowling moon. Scattering wind. The companions of Red Moon Rising's birth foretell a hard life far from her home on the high sage desert of New Mexico. Her mother teaches her to survive in the wilderness and to watch for a sign of the special task Mother Earth has for her. Perhaps the sign comes in the form of the Cajun drifter who's exploring the west and who loves her. Or perhaps its the black faces of her dreams as she hides from danger in the Colorado mountains. But surely her task is not the runaway black boy who trips over her rabbit trap, even if she knew how to help him. Too many winters have passed. Mother Earth forgot. And she would never send such a hateful child. Would she?