I didn’t think I wanted to read this book about a woman in the late 1800s who marries an American Indian and has his child as part of a government program to assimilate Indians into white society. But the book is so well written, I’m glad I rolled the dice. Mary Dodd angers her family when she moves in with a man and has children with him out-of-wedlock. They commit her to an asylum for promiscuity. The only way she can escape is to participate as one of a thousand white women marrying and having children with Native Americans. (This was actually a suggested idea, but never implemented.) Mary becomes a wife of Chief Little Wolf, and has his child. Other women in the program include: a mute, a nurse, an English naturalist who prefers pants over skirts, a Southern belle with a lap dog, a black woman who escaped slavery, an enormous Swiss woman with a potato face, and a set of lusty Irish twins. When gold is discovered on Indian land, it leads to disaster between the government and the Cheyenne.