Deep in the Ozark Mountains, Current River flows clear and cold. It meets Jacks Fork in angry crosscurrents that scour an untamed channel. Dangerous and unpredictable are its waters and banks - but never more so than in the summer of 1862. It is Civil War, and the Chilton family finds out exactly what gumption means.
On the east face of the Canyon del Río Hondo, there is an ancient cave known to the Mescal Indians as Moon Cave. It is a sacred place to the Mescal, used for the Ceremony of the Ancients, a ceremony performed every five years, rewarding the five most honored braves for their bravery and honesty. The ceremony must take place in Moon Cave because that is where the great medicine man, Owan-atan, created the magic.
"Weird but good"