Michelle, a 15-year-old with more responsibility than most, gets sent, along with her two brothers, to live with her Aunt Karen when her father gets deployed on an eight month Navy assignment. She dreads having her life uprooted once again. When she has to leave the city life to move to farm country in rural Pennsylvania, she thinks she's entered another world. She has - just not the one she anticipated.
She soon finds her life entwined with a crow and her Cherokee ancestors, Fala and Cheveyo, who were forced to endure the "Trail of Tears." Strange and vivid dreams start to invade Michelle's sleep and even stranger experiences become part of her waking hours. She seeks guidance from her mystically-minded Aunt Sandra to get explanations for what's taking place. Some of those answers come from an Oneida Indian Shaman called Grandfather. The rest must come from her awareness. She must keep Grandfather's words in mind always, "You will know your purpose when it is time."