This novella is the tale of Tacu, a young Tongva man, and his coming of age in the early days of what is now Southern California. Tacu despairs of not having been through his band's manhood ceremonies, which will allow him to marry.Tongva is visited by an uncle, Takoda, who appears to be from the Plains peoples. He helps Tacu through his vision quest by showing the younger man how to interpret the signs given to him.Because of its brevity, there is not as much character development in this story as I might ordinarily like. I would love to see this story expanded to full length. The author's notes at the end of the book demonstrate the significant amount of research conducted in writing this brief narrative, and I think that there is plenty of room for growth and expansion. I would be delighted to read a longer version of this story and learn more about Lamont's characters in the process.