Another dead body is discovered on the Kiahawk reservation. This time the dead man is a geologist investigating water table rights in Nevada. Detective Kirk Wallace volunteers to investigate. Kirk has personal reasons for wanting to return to Lake Shanoha, namely to learn if the supernatural sightings he witnessed on his last visit were real. In the process, he discovers that the Kiahawk burial ground was never included in the land that makes up the reservation.
In the days of Winter Wolf, the Kiahawks face their greatest threat. General Frank Adkins of the U.S. Army has trespassed upon sacred Kiahawk land. On a journey to learn more about the white soldiers, Chief Winter Wolf travels to Shoshone territory to seek the advice of Grey Horsetail. While he is away, innocent Kiahawk women and children are slaughtered.
Long before the white men came, the Kiahawks faced their greatest enemy. The enemy came from within - he who was once their Chief. A long winter makes meat scarce, and the Kiahawks compete with the Haquani for what meager food can be found. With only cannibalism or a pact as options, the Haquani Chief, Fire Cloud, makes an agreement with Chief Chawkaterro to join their nations and to share hides and meat.
The game-filled water of Lake Shanoha is an oasis in the harsh Nevada desert supporting a horse ranching community 45 miles south of the Kiahawk Indian reservation. The Kiahawks have lived passively at the base of Red Rock Mountain for more than 100 years. The Kiahawks are, as they always have been, abused by the townspeople.