MANIFEST DESTINY – Book three
Dakota Access Pipeline re-routed
he epic story of the life-changing experience of two Lakota brothers continues in book two, Grey Wolf, as they are exposed to the progressive incursion of European settlers upon their ancestral lands. Howahkan is forced to confront the scourge of buffalo hunting and the aggression of ruthless military attempts at tribal subjugation, while Takoda is torn between the life he is developing with Carla and the obligation he feels to expose the forces behind the systematic extermination of the sacred buffalo herds.
Edward and Mary May, Takoda's adopted Quaker family, survive their first severe winter on their new farm only because of his assistance. However, every step of their quest to establish a sustainable future is plagued by the vindictive actions of Carla’s dysfunctional family, particularly her brother Johannes who harbours a simmering hatred for the old couple.
The buffalo hunting becomes more intense, leaving the Great Plains scarred with rotting carcasses that have been stripped of their hides and left to fester. The Lakota are distraught and fight back, but the hunting is unrelenting, and prompted by Winthrop’s insidious influence, government policy and military intervention is aimed at attempting to force the Lakota into a treaty negotiation designed to dilute the scale of the reservation enshrined in the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851.
Takoda’s affection for Carla and his loyalty to her friends converge with the obligation he feels to defend his tribal values, and he ends up entangled in the subterfuge surrounding Winthrop’s theft of government gold.