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A suspenseful, deeply atmospheric story of discovery, spirituality, and survival.

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Young Hunter smiled. "I feel our daughter's heart," he said.  She saw again, in the clear eye of her memory, what she had seen when she followed her husband as he made his quiet way down to the lake.  As far as the eye could see in either direction up and down this shore, the Only People had been coming for as long as memory could reach.  But now, on this deceptively calm night, she felt that time of peace was about to end and she did not know why.  But is my husband safe?  But then she relaxed as she saw Agwedjiman pull his broad­shouldered master back out of the lake and up from the water and then stand like a log across a trail, keeping Young Hunter from again going too close to that deceptively calm surface.

But now, on this deceptively calm night, she felt that time of peace was about to end and she did not know why.  But is my husband safe?  But then she relaxed as she saw Agwedjiman pull his broad­shouldered master back out of the lake and up from the water and then stand like a log across a trail, keeping Young Hunter from again going too close to that deceptively calm surface.  Playing with it.  The bobcat lay itself back down again beside the woodchuck's burrow and waited, tail still twitching.

Perhaps, Young Hunter thought, bears look at us and think how easy our lives are compared to theirs?  Today those bears are surely happy to be who they are and they envy no one.  He ran as fast as he could to catch up to them.  Soon they would play their ancient game, rolling balls of lightning from cloud to cloud across the heavens.  It was as if the old lake was showing both of its faces—those ancient faces of power and peace, of storm and calm.  But what he smelled was not here.  It was almost as good to spoil the food for others as it was to eat it himself.

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