When a fall hunting party of Oglala Sioux slaughtered his survey crew and shot his horse out from under him, Calvary Lieutenant Lew Duffy was in a bad way. The fierce Oglala had not become the most powerful tribe on the plains by sparing captives. But then a young brave named Fox Dancer came up with a startling proposal. Why not take this little flame-haired Irishman back to their camp to find out more about the white man?
Lew Duffy would almost prefer death to life with the Oglala, but heavy snow isolates the camp and he has no choice but to spend the winter in a tipi. He surprises himself, though, by adapting to the ways of the Oglala and forming a strange mediated bond with Fox Dancer. In the spring he is bartered back to Fort Jackson for a wagonload of supplies.
But the Oglala Sioux have not seen the last of Lew Duffy. While they have studied his ways, he has been studying theirs, readying both sides for the inevitable conflict that will link his destiny with Fox Dancer’s in a tragic resolution.