It is with great expertise that Pat Cher steers us back to the great Mi'Kmaw nation of the 16th century.The setting is pristine and the characters well-rounded. Through Pat Cher's intensive research we learn about the Mi'Kmaq language and their way of life. The flashbacks in form of stories come a little too often but overall good story-telling. Maggie's voyage to an ancient world is well done, but her return seemed somehow abrupt.I was left feeling sorry for the vibrant and brave Abatuk who ends up being vaguely transported to her modern material world. Perhaps that was the real message.