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.
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Framed for murders committed by the unscrupulous townspeople of Lake Shanoha and with the National Guard coming down on them as a result - the Kiahawks call on their ancient warrior chieftain, Winter Wolf to come from the past and defend them against their modern enemies. Josh is made a blood brother, elected chief of the Kiahawks and receives mystical powers from Winter Wolf. Josh realizes the potential of his new powers when he miraculously recovers from three near-fatal bullet wounds.
Another dead body is discovered on the Kiahawk reservation. This time, the dead person is a geologist and detective Kirk Wallace is sent to investigate. He discovers that greed is the driving force as several townspeople of Lake Shanoha discover a cache of gold buried a century ago under what is now a Kiahawk burial ground. But the gold brings death to the finders and unleashes a deadly spirit confined by Kiahawks of ancient time. The spirit can assume the form of a wolf or invade a human body.
Chawkaterro, the evil spirit that's cursed and forced to feed on human flesh, has found a new host in the body of the baby, Little Wolf. Little Wolf is stolen by a "white trash" couple connected with the Satan's Children motorcyle gang. Not until the dead bodies begin to stack up do they realize the baby is bad medicine. Little Wolf's life is in peril by Chawkaterro, the abusive family who kidnapped him, and even the police detective, Kirk, who ultimately discovers the truth about Chawkaterro....
After a brushfire sweeps through the desert of Lake Shanoha, the Kiahawks have no pasture for their horses so they offer them to the Triple Spur as a peace offering. The owner of the Triple Spur blames the Kiahawks for her husband's death and orders the horses to be driven over a cliff and killed. When the Kiahawks learn of the slaughter, vengeance is played out on the Triple Spur as the Kiahawks rain death on the ranch hands.
This book begins with the evil spirit, Chawkaterro, in control of Josh's body. He narrowly averts capture and ends up leaving a trail of victims from Las Vegas to Lake Shanoha. Even though few police officers believe the story of Chawkaterro, Police Detective Kirk Wallace has seen the evil spirit at work. He knows the killings are not being made by Josh but by Chawkaterro. Knowing Josh is innocent, Kirk races to save Josh's name and the Kiahawk people as well.