These are highly imaginative and dark stories about life on the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan during the 40s and 50s. Young Sophie lives here and experiences abuse, poverty, and racism, while dreaming of a kinder world. The men who return to Cowessess after the war struggle with undiagnosed PTSD and punish themselves and the people who love them. Imogene gives up a baby for adoption in the city and returns to the support of the women on the reserve, while she raised Adam. These stories are a reminder of the dehumanization imposed by colonization, but also reveal the beauty of the indomitable human spirit.
Gloria Mehlmann grew up on the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan, before becoming a public school teacher (1962 - 1983). Her various careers include serving as a public trustee and as Director of Aboriginal Education. Mehlmann has been recognized repeatedly for her contributions to educational, aboriginal, and civic initiatives, culminating in the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2005. Author of Gifted to Learn, a memoir, in 2008. She is also a recipient of an SLTA honorary Lifetime Membership in 2004. She is now a full-time writer and lives in Nanoose Bay, BC.