The thrilling, long-awaited return of the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Revenant
In 1866, the country is still reeling from the Civil War when a new war erupts on the western frontier: a clash of cultures between centuries-old Native tribes and a young, ambitious nation. Colonel Henry Carrington arrives in the Powder River Valley of Wyoming to lead the US Army in defending the opening of a new road for gold prospectors and settlers.Carrington intends to construct a fort in the heart of important hunting grounds, the Lakota homeland. Crazy Horse, a young but visionary warrior, and Red Cloud, one of the Lakota’s most respected chiefs, are fully aware of the implications of the invasion. The stakes for the Lakota are their homeland, culture, and lives.
As autumn gives way to winter, Crazy Horse leads a small war party that attacks Colonel Carrington’s soldiers on a near-daily basis. Meanwhile, Red Cloud is attempting to form the tribal alliances that he knows will be required to defeat the soldiers.Colonel Carrington is tasked with keeping the US Army together in the face of internal conflict. Lieutenant George Washington Grummond, who longs to fight a foe he dismisses as inferior in every way, is one of Carrington’s officers who is skeptical of his commander’s strategy.Meanwhile, the rank-and-file soldiers are still divided by the long term effects of the civil war, and the nearby goldfields tempt them to desert.
Michael Punke brings the same immersive, vivid storytelling and historical insight to this taut saga based on real people and events that made his breakthrough debut so memorable. Ridgeline grapples with fundamental questions of conquest and justice that still reverberate today as it builds to its epic conclusion.