It’s 1880. After years of schooling on the East Coast, Constance Browning returns to Oregon and the reservation where she grew up with her missionary parents. She is accompanied by Thomas Lowell, her best friend and colleague, and together they embark on a project to catalogue the native peoples of Oregon for the Bureau of American Ethnology. But Connie and Tom have another purpose - to prove her parents are not involved in a secret conspiracy to goad the oppressed tribes into a doomed war.
Tom has been in love with Constance for 7 years but fears nothing will come of it because he doesn’t believe in God. Will Tom tell her how he feels? Will Tom become a Christian?