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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Entry - this eBook is a sample of the first 3,000-5,000 words- it is not the full book. The ABNA contest is operated on Amazon.com only. Visit this entry on Amazon.com to leave customer feedback. To vote forMore Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Entry - this eBook is a sample of the first 3,000-5,000 words- it is not the full book. The ABNA contest is operated on Amazon.com only. Visit this entry on Amazon.com to leave customer feedback. To vote for the Grand Prize winner starting July 8, visit www.amazon.com/ABNA.Devastated by Scotland’s failed uprising against England in 1745, exiled highland warrior Ruary MacNeill transports his wife Elspeth and their children to America to operate a trading post and horse-breeding enterprise in the Great Smoky Mountains, heartland of the Cherokee Nation. His dream of peace and freedom is dashed, however, when he discovers the Cherokee are at war with other Indian tribes and have become pawns in the French and Indian War, a conflict between England and France for control of the Atlantic seaboard. With courage and perseverance the MacNeills struggle to live in a world where African slaves are sold on the square in Charles Town, where wild animals and violent storms in the mountains bring terror and hunger, and where colonial English redcoats and traitorous Scots are as brutal as hostile Indians, namely the hate-filled Cherokee warrior Yellow Jacket. Ruary becomes increasingly guilt-ridden about placing his family in peril, and Elspeth becomes increasingly deranged by the hardships of the wilderness. Son Seamus dies tragically- newborn infant Elijah inherits the Celtic ‘second sight’ of his mother (both blessing and curse)- and daughter Mairy is forced to grow up quickly as she becomes caretaker of the younger children and loses her first love, trader’s son Joe Buck Cheatham, to a Cherokee woman. The MacNeills discover, however, that Cherokee clans are like Scottish clans in many ways, and that friendship, love, and loyalty can cross cultural and racial boundaries. Set in the heart of America’s first frontier during a time of bitter warfare, TUCKASEEGEE RIVER RISING will appeal to people of Scottish and Native American heritage and to readers interested in humanistic multicultural stories illuminating the birth of our nation.