In 1988, a North Dakota Ojibwe Indian family suffers a crisis when Geraldine, a tribal judge’s wife, is brutally raped near the round house, a place for religious ceremonies. Her husband, Bazil, is a man who adheres to strict tribal ethics, though his wife is the victim. In this novel, Geraldine and Bazil’s 13-year-old son Joe, a precociously observant youngster catapulted into adulthood, adroitly recalls these events.
Bazil conducts a private investigation. Geraldine, who had been blindfolded, is unsure where the attack occurred. If the crime was committed by a white man, or did not occur on tribal land, Bazil has no jurisdiction. He explains this complexity w