This novel is a lesson into how to turn a sorrowful, immoral and tragic tragic story (the continual extermination of American Indians) into an endlessly dull read. Periodically I had to rouse myself from a snooze because I was faced with a multitudinous parade of thinly drawn characters in a plot that is told kaleidescopically. I never really cared much about any of them because they had my sympathy but not my empathy. Hard to believe that this story could be so lackluster and dry. I gave up with about 150 more pages to go. Just couldn't take it. Two stars for the author's choice of subject matter, but I'm profoundly concerned that this vital subject matter received such a monotonous and repetitive telling.