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Carrie Hill hates Indians. Indians killed her parents. Indians left her wounded and alone. Indians ruined her life.
Now Carrie is on her own in wild pioneer country at the tender age of fifteen. With nowhere else to go, she signs on to help care for the growing family of Beaver Dick Leigh, an adventrous English trapper. To her dismay, Carrie discovers that Beaver Dick's wife, Jenny, is a Shoshoni Indian. An Indian! Carrie's parents would kick the dirt from their graves if they knew she lived with a native and a mountain man, no school or church in sight.
But as her wounds heal under Jenny's gentle care, Carrie begins to respect and love this kind and sensitive woman. She learns to appreciate the beauty of the towering Tetons and the Indians' feeling of oneness with nature. She learns that sometimes, even when it seems impossible, enemies can become friends.