Black Shell is an exile, banished by his people for his
cowardice in battle. To his fearsome patron spirit, Horned Serpent, however, he
is imbued with the courage and keenness to stop the Kristiano onslaught.
He and his beautiful wife Pearl Hand have fought them from the Florida
Peninsula through the very heart of native America. A trader by profession,
Black Shell now dedicates his soul to destroying the invaders, with their
impenetrable armor, their swift, enormous cabayos, and their flashing,
Black Shell and Pearl Hand have seen the shackled, naked,
starving slaves, heard the broken promises, and learned de Soto’s plans. While
the battle of Mabila cost many Kristianos life and limb, the marauder
does not retreat. Now he heads for Chicaza and the people from which Black
Shell was once exiled.
Wounded and pursued by memories and visions, Black Shell is
obsessed with setting the perfect trap. To do so, he must use the Chicaza and
their stockpiles of food and supplies. And he must gamble everything on his
people’s pride, traditions, and failings. As winter sets in, new dangers abound
for the pair, that of a family’s shame, a woman’s anger, and a betrayal that
may force Black Shell to forfeit his last chance to save their world from utter
destruction. But, worst of all, he and Pearl Hand must walk boldly into de Soto’s
camp and engage the cunning monster in a desperate game of wits that will
decide the fate of a continent. Download and start listening now!