TEARS OF SORROW A FREE NATION LOST
2018 NEW RELEASE!
The Black Hills are lost, the Bozeman Trail is closed, Custer is defeated, cherished Sioux leaders are murdered, and the final injustice is delivered at Wounded Knee Creek.
Anton McAllister leads his Dakota family west to escape the white backlash of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 as told in Swanson’s preceding award winning novel, The Thirty-ninth Man.
Settling into the Black Hills, Anton and his family merge with the Miniconjou Lakota band of Lone Horn. Anton’s adopted son, Four Wings, befriends the militant warrior Crazy Horse, and their world is turned upside down as they deal with disingenuous treaties, an illegal war brought on by the Grant Administration, and a deranged bounty hunter no larger than a child. Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and powerful men from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations make their stand when the army begins to build forts along the Bozeman Trail. Red Cloud wins his war, the great herds of buffalo are methodically destroyed. Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull are murdered, and Wounded Knee Creek becomes the death wail of a free Sioux Nation. And throughout it all, Four Wings struggles to reconcile the good white men he has known, including the mixed-blood who raised him, with those who seek to subdue or destroy the Sioux Nation.