l to talk about being a soldier, but I'm not so enthusiastic as I used to be. I don't think sitting around waiting for some one to die is very noble."
He rose and stood before the fire. "I wish this whole house could be lifted up and set down at Fort Smith; then I might consider the matter."
She came over, and, as he put his arm about her, continued earnestly: "George, I'm serious about this. The President is trying to put the Indian service into capable hands, and I believe you ought to accept; in fact, you can't refuse. There is work for us both there. I am heartily tired of garrison life, George. As the boys say, there's nothing in it."
"But there's danger threatening at Smith, sis. I can't take you into an Indian outbreak."
"That's all newspaper talk. Mr. Dudley writes--"
"Dudley--is he down there? Oh, you are a masterful sly one! Your touching solicitude for the Tetongs is now explained. What is Dudley doing at Smith besides interfering with my affairs?"
Western love story with strong current themes around the diversification of peoples and control over the land. Garland creates a character in Captain Curtis who is much advanced for his time insofar that being a soldier and having taken part in the "Indian Wars" Curtis is however a friend of the Indians and will suffer loss of life in order to support the peoples whom he loves.
Some continuity issues - for example Captain Curtis is promoted to Major early in the book but is still referred to at times as Captain and then as Major from time to time. With shades of the movie "Dances With Wolves" as an undercurrent this book is well worth the read.