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It is the late summer of 1814, and Hannah Bonner and her half brother Luke have spent more than a year searching the islands of the Caribbean for Lukes wife and the man who abducted her. But Jennets rescue, so long in coming, is not the resolution theyd hoped for. In the spring she had given birth to Lukes son, and in the summer Jennet had found herself compelled to surrender the infant to a stranger in the hope of keeping him safe.
To claim the child, Hannah, Luke, and Jennet must journey first to Pensacola. There they learn a great deal about the family that has the baby. The Poiterins are a very rich, very powerful Creole family, totally without scruple. The matriarch of the family has left Pensacola for New Orleans and taken the child she now claims as her great-grandson with her.
New Orleans is a city on the brink of war, a city where prejudice thrives and where Hannah, half Mohawk, must tread softly. Careful plans are made as the Bonners set out to find and reclaim young Nathaniel Bonner. Plans that go terribly awry, isolating them from each other in a dangerous city at the worst of times.
Sure that all is lost, and sick unto death, Hannah finds herself in the care of a family and a friend from her past, Dr. Paul de Guise Savard dit Saint-dUzet. It is Dr. Savard and his wife who save Hannahs life, but Dr. Savards half brother who offers her real hope. Jean-Benoit Savard, the great-grandson of French settlers, slaves, and Choctaw and Seminole Indians, is the one man who knows the city well enough to engineer the miracle that will reunite the Bonners and send them home to Lake in the Clouds. With Ben Savards guidance, allies are drawn from every segment of New Orleanss population and from Andrew Jacksons army, now pouring into the city in preparation for what will be the last major battle of the War of 1812.
From the Hardcover edition.
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Publish Date:||Sep 25, 2007|
|Number of Pages:||720|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.75|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.9 x 4.2 x 1.2|
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