Book I: Evanescence
June 25, 1995 ~ Lame Deer, Montana
Living on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Minn and Kiwi were inseparable, having shared everything since birth. The death of Kiwi’s mother changed everything the summer of 1995...
It is the Victory Day Weekend celebration for the Northern Cheyenne. Realizing how much she means to him, nine-year-old Minn professes his love to his best friend. Still grieving the loss of her mother to breast cancer, Kiwi cannot imagine a better gift than Minn's love.
Waquini, Kiwi's father, lost in quiet desperation over what to do for himself and his daughter, makes a tragic choice that changes the lives of Minn and Kiwi forever.
Ten years later, a postcard from New Orleans arrives the day Minn and his parents are leaving for California. Standing at a crossroad of his heart, Minn wonders whether he can rekindle his love for Kiwi while pursuing a full-ride scholarship at Stanford University.
With Hurricane Katrina bearing done on New Orleans, time is running out for Kiwi. Can she escape her past and start over with Minn?
Will Minn and Kiwi beat the odds against them, or will they suffer the evanescence of their love?
Book II: Nascence
June 25, 1934 ~ Key West, Florida
Though his friendship with Ernesto seemed promising, Leander Graceheart feels out of place, as if born at the wrong time. An inner demon had urged the young drifter to Key West. Before he can thumb a ride to Miami, Leander is swept away by a time anomaly.
Four days before Christmas in 2012, Lance Corporal Graceheart, a Marine sniper in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, struggles with his culpability in the death of a noncombatant. Swept up in the vagaries of another time anomaly, Leander seems cursed to drift from one pointless existence to another.
Regaining consciousness, Leander finds himself in post-apocalyptic Aotearoa. The Six–a band of self-proclaimed gods–have departed with their followers. The unexpected appearance of Leander leaves Nikau, the leader of the Maori, wondering–has one of the heretics come back? Are more coming?
Anahera, the only daughter of Nikau, is intrigued by the stranger.
Fascination turns into love, but can it survive the Maori way of life? Can Leander stop the demon from urging him to drift now that he has found true love?
Book III: Penitence
June 25, 1947 ~ Roswell, New Mexico
Father Rufus Emmanuel, on his way home to St. Theresa’s Mission in Corona, New Mexico witnesses an air crash. Rushing to the debris site, Father Emmanuel discovers a strange pilot named Menka, dying from injuries sustained in the crash. Lola, Menka's beloved, has died in the crash.
Menka has failed the mission–to time travel into the past and fix the mistakes which have made the future of humanity unbearable. Regretting the life he lived with Lola, the time traveler asks the priest to listen to his confession.
Menka dies, leaving an unwitting Father Emmanuel with the task of finishing the mission. Can the hubris of one man cross the line of time and space for one last act of folly and attempt to expunge the fatal mistakes of misguided love?
Will Divine Providence rescue Father Emmanuel from his good intention?
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In a California courtroom, seventeen-year-old Nou Lee reels with what she is about to do. What she must do to survive. She reflects on the splintered path that led to this moment, beginning twelve years ago in 1978, when her Hmong family escaped from Laos after the Communist takeover. The story follows the Lees from a squalid refugee camp in Thailand to a new life in Minnesota and eventually California. Family members struggle to survive in a strange foreign land, haunted by the scars of war and loss of family. Across the Mekong River paints a vivid picture of the Hmong immigrant experience, exploring family love, sacrifice, and the resiliency of the human spirit to overcome tragic circumstances.
"No man, however callous, can find the words he needs to justify himself to the victims of his beliefs. All reasons and excuses abandon him when forced to look into the faces of those he has tried so hard to avoid. He is reduced to a primitive and speechless state, hypnotiszd by the horror of himself and that he is the beast when there are no more beasts to kill."
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