Through the freezing rain and across a swollen river the man named Nickjack rides toward Tablequah, the capital of the new Cherokee Nation to meet his fate. Behind him stretch years of violence and suffering that began when the white man forced the People to leave their land and homes for the unknown territory of the west.
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