While on a vision quest to seek answers on how to protect his Comanche tribe from the white buffalo hunters and soldiers, War Chief Black Eagle, sees a beautiful woman and is given the message: "Guard her well". While he stands in the water of what will someday be Barton Springs, Kris Baldwin is pulled back in time to this same location by a stone given to her by her grandmother.
Neither Black Eagle nor Kris is sure what Kris is supposed to do to help the Comanche’s. She is part Comanche herself, but she still looks and speaks like a "taibo" and Black Eagle at first sees her as an enemy and fears his tribe will see her that way also and kill her. As Black Eagle comes to know Kris better he can see she is loving and wise. The words she brings are hard and not what the tribe of warriors want to hear. They must make decisions that will affect the destiny of the tribe forever.
Kris is a strong heroine and must deal with a different time and very different culture than what she is used to. Black Eagle is a strong leader, but does have an intense love for his people along with a sense of responsibility. There is a passion that ignites between the hero and heroine early on, but there is also a respect and tenderness.
The author has done a fabulous job of research into this time in history. Her vivid descriptions pull the reader right into the scenes. There is an underlying elegiac tone as the People see the life and ways they have loved coming to an end. The reader becomes Time's Captive as she is mesmerized by a tale of history and passion. The time travel element is handled well and it is easy to suspend disbelief with a story that is well written as this one. This is a "must read" for all fans of historical, Native American or time travel romances. I will certainly be looking for more books by Katy Lyon and wish her much deserved success.