Set in the American West Whispers among the Prairie features the plight of the Southern Cheyenne’s lead by Chief Black Kettle. They seek peace with the white man but find war through the battles of Sand Creek and the Washita.
One particular woman named Morning Dove becomes a bridge between her own world and the other world that threatens her way of life. Black Kettle is her guardian and insists she learns the English language. Little does she realise that a chance meeting with Captain Clinton McKay would change her destiny and everything she believed in.
Enter Captain Clinton McKay, after the civil war he becomes stationed at Fort Laramie, Indian skirmishes abound and has a brief romance with Nancy, the General’s daughter. One day Nance disappears while riding out of the fort’s grounds and is never seen again.
The friendship of Morning Dove and Clinton develop at Camp Supply after the battle of the Washita. Friendship turns into love and is a complete surprise to them. Eventually they confess their love for each other but have to sneak around and hide their love so no one knows. They know their love won’t be accepted into mainstream society which is anti- Native American at this point.
Captain Clinton McKay is presumed dead after a stagecoach attack but survives with the other passengers trespassing over the prairie lands and finding safety at an army fort. Morning Dove hears reports of the attack and comes to the conclusion that Clinton is dead and eventually marries a tribe member.
Once Clinton comes back to see Morning Dove, his heart is broken and feels it will never be repaired. He takes an assignment to Texas to stem the Comanche uprising but he never makes it there and turns back to win Morning Dove’s love.
Clinton is seen as a deserter and is wanted by the army, he is found guilty and is sent to be killed by firing squad but The Cheyenne Dog Soldiers rescue him by creating havoc and fighting the soldiers at the fort.
Born and raised on the NSW South Coast in a quiet town known as Albion Park, all my life I have always been told to do my best in everything I do and I have done just that. It has been within the last two years that I have undertaken much self-reflection in what I am truly meant to be doing in my limited time on this planet. I have self-reflected on my own purpose and values and I have gained a greater understanding in what I want from life. I have always had a passion for writing and as such, I had decided to write a book in early 2015.
Now, I am an aspiring author who is on the journey of publishing his first book titled “A Student of the Choir”.
In 2015, I began to write this book as a reminder to myself and to all those who wish to read it that we should not squander what we were truly put on this earth to do. We all have a purpose in this life that we are meant to serve and therefore we are all equal and important to one another. A fundamental aspect I have written about in this book is that as people, we all have a passion for something whether that be music, art, finance, journalism or astrology.
“A Student of The Choir” brings the idea of passion and purpose together in a way that will allow people to live happy and fulfilled lives that are authentic.
The tile of the book stems from the idea that we, as people, will never truly master our own purpose – only God is the master of all things. Thus, we are merely students of life whilst God is the preacher who orchestrates such a melody.
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