It’s the early nineteenth century, and the American West is still wild and untamed. Young William Wyeth is ready to throw caution to the wind and join a fur-trapping outfit, even though it means braving wild animals, sudden blizzards, and conflicts with hostile British trappers.
Still, nothing can compare to the elation William feels when he meets and falls in love with Alene, a proud widow who insists she will not wait more than a year. As William sets off on one last mission with a group of grizzled eccentrics and an enigmatic, hotheaded leader, it soon becomes clear that making it back to Alene might require more skill than any one man possesses.
About Into the Savage Country
This breathtaking adventure set in the American West of the 1820s is at once a tale of complex friendships, a love story, and a panoramic retelling of a crucial moment in American history.
When the young William Wyeth leaves St. Louis for a fur-trapping expedition, he nearly loses his life and quickly discovers the depth of loyalty among the men who must depend on one another to survive. While convalescing, he falls in love with proud Alene, a young widow who may or may not wait for him. And on a wildly risky expedition into Crow territory, Wyeth finds himself unwittingly at the center of a deadly boundary dispute among Native American tribes, the British government, and American trapping brigades. A classic adventure told with great suspense and literary flair, Into the Savage Country illuminates the ways in which extreme circumstances expose the truth about the natures of individual men and the surprising mechanics of their bravery, loyalty, and friendship.
“[A] glorious American frontier novel. . . . A grand immersion into the past.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A masterpiece of historical accuracy and exciting storytelling. . . . This is a raucous tale of a young man’s dream colliding with reality, and it also makes an entertaining history of fur trapping.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Steeped in Americana, this gritty testament to the fortunes and foibles of one man . . . reveal[s] the complex core of a rapidly evolving environmental landscape. . . . Beautifully conceived.” —Booklist
“This satisfyingly complex portrayal of a Western reality doesn’t need white or black hats to engage the reader.” —Library Journal