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By Mary Adair

Passion's imaginative and prescient is the tale of the affection that grows among an agent within the court docket of King George II and a Cherokee Princess who might paint herself as a warrior and run during the wilds of a savage state to save lots of the lifetime of the fellow she has selected. it's a tale of lives packed with experience and triumph, occasionally with loss and ache, yet continually with ardour. Winner of the Betty Hendricks Award on the Dallas Writers conference, 1994.

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James slapped Silent Deer on the shoulder and followed him through the doorway. "You have been to New Moon's cove. " "New Moon's cove, is it. No wonder it made her so mad when I showed up. " "No, she is not there. " James didn't miss the hint of sarcasm in Deer's voice. As they sprinted through the gate Silent Deer broke the silence that had settled over them. " James rather liked the Indian's straightforwardness. " As they reached the boulder that lead to the cove Deer reached out a hand and placed it on the smooth surface.

As New Moon washed down her share with a quick drink from her water pouch, he turned on his heel and strode away. As Fox had set the holy box on stone, James carried New Moon to a small flat boulder. At least, New Moon told herself, he understands that much. He lowered her gently to its surface and then knelt down to examine her ankle. New Moon squeezed her fists tightly, digging her nails into her palms. Her ankle hurt terribly. She watched James closely as he examined her foot and leg. As his lines of worry disappeared, she felt herself relax.

They would require the strictest observance of the holy laws of war and each would protect the sacred box with his life. The Opae raised his rifle above his head and fired the first shot, quickly followed by a loud volley as the warriors whooped and danced around in their excitement to at last begin the search that would end the cry for blood. With the grand gestures of the ceremony, the Opae turned and led the others in a quick march from the village. As the warriors marched through the gate the Opae struck up a solemn song sung only on such occasions.

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