Oregon, a land of towering timber, snow-capped peaks, lush fertile valleys. A land of gold. To the pioneering settlers, it was a garden of Eden. To the Rogue Indians, it was home. Two different peoples, each laying claim to the same territory. Dark Water, the keeper of her tribe's history, the Yiwiyawa, has no love for the white's. Barr Conner, a loner, an outcast among his own people, has no love for the Rogue's. Yet these two must work together, fighting treachery and bigotry, to reconcile two ways of life. While fighting their own growing love.