Opening with a graphic essay about the dehumanizing treatment of Native Americans in United States history and in our popular culture, Orange then introduces us to his fictional world. Each chapter is dedicated to one Native American character who struggles to survive in the city of Oakland. All of these characters will meet at the Big Oakland Powwow by the end of the novel. The author breaks through the stereotypes of Native Americans in fiction and introduces us to their world on their terms. Orange’s voice is angry and loving and bleak, and the story is unforgettable.