Tia and her brother have been asked to leave their village to find their father's long lost friend, TaTisho. As they near the village of TaLequa, they are trapped on a dangerous island where death awaits them.
A young man, Ky, seeks to be the next shaman for the village but must risk a life of secrets and betrayal. He reaches out with both a helping hand and an open heart to save Tia and her brother. He needs a wife to become the shaman, but as he returns to the village, he learns another young leader has decided he, too, wants Tia for his wife. A third youth makes it clear he is willing to kill Ky and Tia to become the next shaman.
Only a lifelong secret of a great truth can save them, yet TaTisho seems to block Ky at every turn. The story is based on two Mound Builder legends. Some descriptions of sex.