The story begins with a silver mine lost in 1886 in northern Wisconsin and the mysterious death of its owner, Chief Namakagon. In an exciting look at life through the eyes of lumberjack, Tor Loken, we learn more and more facts surrounding this yet unsolved murder.
Following a perilous November 1886 blizzard, the Ojibwe elder is found dead near his secret silver mine. Only nineteen-year-old Tor Loken can prove murder. Suspicious accidents soon plague the lumber camp. New faces appear. New tales are told. Tor and his sweetheart, Rosie, risk their lives to protect the tribal silver and solve the mystery of Namakagon's murder.
Step back into the 19th century as award-winning author and conservationist, James Brakken takes you to the silver fields, the lumber camps, and the bustling boom towns from Lake Superior to Chippewa Falls. Follow the clues, see the maps, and draw your own conclusions about Namakagon's murder and the cover-up that followed.