A Mi’kmaw boy’s only chance for survival after kidnapping a Nova Scotia settler lies in the hands of a colonist’s rebellious daughter.
In 1760, Lucy’s father is granted land in Nova Scotia in compensation for serving in the French and Indian War. Meuse, whose father was killed by British forces, learns the new settlers have been promised a bounty for Indian scalps. Seeking revenge, he kidnaps Lucy’s father. When a band of rangers burn down his tribe’s summer camp, only Meuse, in hiding with his captive, survives. But Lucy knows the boy who stalked her father. Now she is faced with an impossible decision. Does she reveal his kidnapper’s identity to save her father? Or does she protect a boy who has lost everything?
Kathryn Holzman’s short fiction has appeared in over twenty online literary magazines and print anthologies. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, FLATLANDERS, Shire Press 2019. Her first novel REAL ESTATE was published by Propertius Press in Fall, 2020. She received the Grand Prize in the 2020 Eyelands International Short Story Contest