This true story is set in Indian country and pits two strong-willed men against each other in an epic David-and-Goliath battle over the dominance of the white man’s religion. A full half-century after Dr. Marcus and Narcissa Whitman were killed — a pivotal event igniting the disastrous Cayuse Indian War — Jimmy Cornelison is assigned as the new missionary.
He faces a skeptical congregation made up of the descendants of those who committed the murders. The Indians name this young man fresh out of seminary school, Shoyapo Shoyapo — Little White Man. His authority is swiftly challenged by Chief Peo, a powerful and fearsome leader among his people. The chief denounces the Bible-toting minister and the God he has brought to replace the traditional belief system of Washat.
Rick Steber has over forty titles under his belt and more than a million books in print. Rick has won many awards and is the only Oregon author to have been presented with the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award — Best Western Novel. He is a keen observer of the changing American West and he articulates these changes in prose that are boldly descriptive, invigorating and creative.