“Brian Fischer had a life that most boys can only dream
about….” Thus starts this heart-warming adventure story of
faith and friendship sure to delight young readers and
Eleven-year-old Brian lives in a small town nestled in the
northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Surrounded by
the peaceful beauty and mystery of nature, he delights in
hiking with his best friend Tommy and listen to alluring
stories told by Windwalker, a wise and kind old Indian who
lives in a remote cabin in the forest.
Though he lives a normal, happy life, Brian has been
profoundly “marked” by something he experienced when he was
a small boy: while exploring the woods, he once saved a
white wolf pup from a metal trap. The mother wolf had
witnessed the affair without harming Brian.
Since that day Brian believes the white wolf and he are
“brothers,” and he dreams of a second encounter. There’s
only one problem. No one believes him, not even his father.
To make Brian’s story more impossible, Windwalker assures
him that the white wolf has supernatural powers.
But something evil has come to disrupt the serenity of the
forest—a band of hunters whose sole interest is to destroy
wolves. Will Brian be able to stop them before they harm his
beloved white wolf? But how do this when not even his family
believe him in the first place? Endangering his own life,
Brian sets on a quest to prove the existence of “his” wolf.
Can you believe in what you can’t see? The novel plays with
concepts of belief and faith without appearing obvious or
“preachy” while combining elements of suspense that will
make the reader’s heart race. The language is simple and
graceful, giving a sense of innocence and beauty to parallel
the setting and age of the characters. Contrasting with this
“goodness” are the wolf hunters, bringing the reader face to
face with cruelty and callousness at its worst.
The author also offers insights into the nature of this
mysterious, magnificent animal which has suffered such a bad
reputation in the past. Young readers of adventure stories
will relish this. Adults who love and admire wolves will be