From Chapter One, The White Cliffs of Owanka...
“Willow, wait!” Hawk yelled in frustration, “Wait, what’s wrong with you?”
Her jog turned into a full force run and within minutes she found herself standing at her front door. She caught her breath before looking back over her shoulder noticing that he was nowhere around.
She dropped her forehead against the front door and tried to slow down her pounding heart. With one deep breath, she relaxed and turned the knob, letting herself in. She couldn’t resist the impulse to go to the front window and see if he was there. Standing in the ray of sunlight pouring in she lowered herself to a kneeling position and looked out. There he stood, in the middle of the street, staring at her through the glass. Their eyes once more locked before he raised his arms into the air taking a few more steps towards the house.
“Why you gotta be so rude,” he said, singing in a loud voice, “don't you know I’m human too…” Hawk lowered his arms and backed away, repeating the verse loudly one more time before finally turning around and walking off.
Willow sat on the floor and rested her back against the wall, running her hands through her hair and scratching her scalp fiercely. She bit her lip as his words echoed in her head wondering just what she needed to say to him to make him stay away. It seemed the more she withdrew, the more he came around.
White Wind Hatali is a Hopi Indian who moved to the Navajo Nation to become a medicine man. He was born into a loving and nurturing family who not only accepted his albinism but raised him to recognize it as an important part of who he was. He discovered his gift of healing after a childhood friend suffered an accident and was confined to a wheelchair. White Wind visited his friend daily for nine days and instinctively knew which spirits to contact to ask for healing. The elders of the community watched in awe as he called upon the Katsina's who are guardian spirits to bring healing to his friends legs and broken heart.
By day nine his ten-year-old companion was able to stand. Each day for the following week he experienced more healing and mobility until finally he was able to run and jump.
White Wind's family sent him to study under the Navajo medicine men where he remained. Despite his youth he is able to perform healing ceremonies comparable to much older medicine men.
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Alan Little is a wealthy lawyer living outside of Farmington, New Mexico. He hired Jack Whelan to landscape his newly completed multi-million dollar home in the desert.
His attitude and extravagant lifestyle rub Jack the wrong way but Jack, never one to turn down a paying job, takes on the challenge of working with one of his most difficult clients; a feat which takes him away from his family for weeks on end.