Newly fledged contract surgeon Valentine McGillycuddy encounters a young Sioux the summer of 1873 and they, somehow, swear a lifetime friendship. Then, straight as an arrow, the story thrusts to its tragic finale. When that Sioux, now a feared war chief, tries to surrender, he is savagely bayoneted. McGillycuddy labors through a long night to save Crazy Horse. When he learns that if his wounded friend lives, he’ll be a prisoner for life, the surgeon finds himself forced to make a decision. The reader must decide if it was the right one.