Josiah Marston, at the age of fourteen, seems little different from other boys growing up in frontier Kentucky. But then his mother dies suddenly, and he and his father, Levi, a legendary Indian fighter, leave their familiar surroundings in search of a new beginning for their lives. As they begin their journey to the Ohio Country in search of a new life, they encounter a Miami Indian boy badly wounded in a fight with white militia. Their accidental meeting with the boy, his father, and the Shawnee warrior Tecumseh, as well as the mystical event that follows, lead them into an unimaginable adventure. Stalked by an unseen enemy, Josiah must learn to be a man before his time while dealing with personal issues that govern his waking moments and his troubled sleep.