The Bells of Autumn
by James Hufferd
The Bells of Autumn tells of a young boy growing up with an older, adoptive father, a partly Indian-raised pariah, in a Wyoming town trying to leave its violent past. On another level, it explores white-Indian relations in the American psyche. The story devolves around the harsh banishment of the Lakota and the generation-later Battle of Lightning Creek (1903), a surprising minor rematch.