Son of the Silvery Waters is a sweeping historical novel that
chronicles the life of a Native American man caught between two
worlds as a new nation emerges in the aftermath of the
Though the difficult war years are over, the Cayugas, one of the
six tribes of the Iroquois Nation, are only beginning to feel the
devastating repercussions of their former alliance with the
British. As they struggle against the punitive treaties imposed by
the new American government, they are forced ever father away from
their ancestral lands located in what is now western New York
State. Despite the ill treatment suffered by the Cayuga, one
inquisitive young tribesman is irresistibly drawn to the white
settlement that has usurped their territory, and so Sosoenodus
abandons his own people so that he might learn more about the
Even as a boy Sosoenodus was remarkably skilled at hunting and
fishing, showing his promise as a future leader of the Cayugas. But
when in despair the tribe is finally forced to flee their lands,
Soseondodus chooses to live among the white settlers. As he
assimilates into a foreign society, he offers an enduring
allegiance to his adopted community and shares with them the
knowledge of his rich heritage. Yet Soseondodus will never live
among the whites without feeling the dehumanizing sting of bigotry,
and those experiences will one day motivate him to risk his own
life to free others through the Underground Railroad.
Set in a unique region of America, Sosoendodus's very human
story is woven into the complex tapestry of history to create a
dramatically compelling saga. Alan Firstone vividly depicts the
lives of the resolute men and women who carved anew way of life out
of a majestic wilderness.
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