my take: this novel is based on the life of a real freed slave who lived in texas during the civil war. texas was a hostile place - the native americans didn't necessarily like to share and, frankly, made sport of raiding settlements.
there's the tension between settlers and natives and internal tension of captives - remain in their new culture and family or return to their former life.
and, oh, what a hard scrabble life ... after reading it i was so happy to live in an era where i have a house and nobody's dragging me out of it. yikes.
i thought is was fairly well written and an interesting bit of American history of which i knew nothing. it was a bit brutal in some regards - scalping just ain't that easy to read about. did i mention how appreciative i am of my house?
my source: found while wandering through daughter anne's local book store,
my verdict: worth a read, especially if you like historical fiction.