Baker & Taylor Assisting a museum ethnologist on the 1880s Queen Charlotte Islands, missionary's daughter and talented photographer Katharine Hewitt hopes to solve her father's murder but struggles with the western influences on the native culture.
Blackwell North Amer To the rigid society of the 1880s, Kate Hewitt's upbringing was bound to make her an outcast: She was raised among her missionary father's congregants - the Haida tribe of the Queen Charlotte Islands. She spoke Haida as well as she spoke English, and valued the natives' culture. To top it all off, she practiced a most unladylike hobby - photography. Finally the Reverend Hewitt sent his daughter to civilized Victoria, British Columbia - and before Kate could protest her banishment, the minister was murdered. Luke Brennan seems a godsend to the still-grieving Kate. Luke, on an artifact-buying expedition for a museum, is in desperate need of a translator and photographer. Kate fits the bill perfectly, save for her sex, and at last Luke agrees to take her with him, provided they are properly chaperoned. Facing harsh autumn storms, difficult sea-passages from island to island, and hostility from both the Haida and rival artifact collectors, Kate finds herself strongly drawn to Luke, whose silence masks an old heartache. Still, Kate knows that until her father's killer has been brought to justice - and until Luke sees her as an equal, not a frail female in need of protection - true happiness cannot be hers.
Baker & Taylor Assisting a museum ethnologist on the 1880s Queen Charlotte Islands, missionary's daughter and talented photographer Katherine Hewitt hopes to solve her father's murder but struggles with the western influences on the native culture