This story follows the long life of Father Damien, his origin story, how he came to the reservation and the works he did for the people at Little No Horse. Without wanting to give away any details, I can say that the colorful characters, the setting and the writing is wonderful in this book. I leave you with this snippet of dialog between Father Damien and Father Jude who are discussing one of the sisters at Little No Horse who is suspected of not upholding all of her vows:
“And in understanding”—Father Jude looked severely troubled—“to excuse immoral actions?”
“Never those that hurt people.”
“Sex hurts,” said Father Jude, simply.
“Have you seen a doctor?” said Damien.
The two paused, their breathing sharpened, surprised that they had so quickly fallen into such a pleasurable dispute.