From the back cover… . At the beginning of the 20th century in Yellowstone National Park, a girl of mysterious origins, named Flower of the Steam Basin, is adopted from infancy by Old Faithful geyser and by a mother buffalo named Bearer of Song. The girl grows up with their stories, proverbs and teachings. In time, she gains a closely protective circle of human friends. At age 9, she meets Retired Lieutenant Ned Halpen of the Yellowstone Cavalry, who is a protector of Yellowstone’s spiritual and physical heritage. After he dies, she vows to continue his legacy, although she must choose between her own safety and performance of her sworn duties.