Turning conventional wisdom on its head, Washington socialite Alessandra O'Quinn and her lover, Indian shaman Manuel Mondragon, defy time and space and politics and families to come together in the sweeping canvas of the 1920's New Mexico outpost of Taos. But can they defy Destiny to stay together? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Alessandra is exiled to northern New Mexico's beneficial air and light to either recover from tuberculosis or die. Manuel Mandragon battles for her health and her love. She in turn battles the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the Taos Indians' right to their sacred Blue Lake -- and battles her father, her brother, and her husband for her right to autonomy and her right to love Man.