In the fall of 1764, enemy horse raiders are invading Kaya's Nez Perce village. Kaya's mother tells her to run for the woods with her blind sister, Speaking Rain. But as Kaya runs to help her horse escape too, she and Speaking Rain are captured. Kaya decides that she must escape, then return to rescue her sister. Includes historical notes on education and learning among the Nez Perce Indians.