Based on a true story
Into a man’s world of war, ambition and intrigue steps a woman, a wife, a mother. Marie. What woman could go tow or three years without her husband? Her children certainly couldn’t. No. A mother must find a way. A mother could accomplish all that must be done. It was how a woman earned her mother name.
One woman struggles to keep her family together, and alive.
During the fur-trapping era of the early 1800’s, with two rambunctious young sons to raise, Marie Dorion refuses to be left behind in St. Louis when her husband heads west. Faced with hostile landscapes, a untried expedition leader, and her volatile husband, Marie finds that the daring act she hoped would bind her family together may in the end tear them apart.
History records that on the journey, Marie meets the famous Lewis and Clark interpreter, Sacajawea, who-like Marie-is pregnant, married to a mixed-blood man of French Canadian and Indian descent, and raising a son in a white world. Together, the women forge a friendship that will strengthen and uphold Marie long after they part, even as she fights for her children’s very survival. With courage and faith that can only be fueled by a mother’s love, she endures. Her story reminds us that women are bound together in history, now and forever.
ISBN – 978-1-57856-499-6
WaterBrook Press, 2002