"... From the time he was a boy, eighteen-year-old Ishmael has been regaled with incredible stories of his ancestors. His father is record-keeper of the Lamanite archives, a role that Ishmael will soon take on himself. Though his focus should be on his impending acceptance into the Lamanite tribe, Ishmael's thoughts are elsewhere. Long has he admired the lovely Maija, the woman he hopes to marry. But she refuses to wed a man who does not share her...