The unsolved murder of a farm family still haunts the white small town of Pluto, North Dakota, generations after the vengeance exacted and the distortions of fact transformed the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation.
Part Ojibwe, part white, Evelina Harp is an ambitious young girl prone to falling hopelessly in love. Mooshum, Evelina's grandfather, is a repository of family and tribal history with an all-too-intimate knowledge of the violent past. And Judge Antone Bazil Coutts, who bears witness, understands the weight of historical injustice better than anyone. Through the distinct and winning voices of three unforgettable narrators, the collective stories of two interwoven communities ultimately come together to reveal a final wrenching truth.
Pluto is a good name for a town in rural North Dakota: small, cold, remote. The fictional town in Louise Erdrich s The Plague of Doves is not out of place in a state where towns like Bonetrail, Zap, and Wing have been losing population since the 1950s while others have crumbled into husks, eaten by the prairie wind.