Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. When family tragedy strikes, Daunis puts her future on hold to look after her mother. She soon meets Jamie- the new kid in town on her brother Levis hockey team.
Everything changes when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into an FBI investigation of a lethal new drug.
Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source. But the search for truth is more complicated than Daunis imagined, exposing secrets and old scars. Deceptions come to light and Daunis must fight for her community.
This book was not what I expected. Looking at the cover I was thinking mythical or fantasy and I guess I didn’t read the synopsis very well either. So I was surprised how contemporary the story is. Daunis is a teenage girl trying to balance a life of tradition and modernism. She is a strong female character who fights for what she believes in. I loved learning about her Native culture and I am intrigued by the old tradition of using plants for medicinal purposes as well. What started out as just a YA contemporary read quickly turned into a page turner suspense novel. I admired how it also shed light on the growing drug problem in Native American communities.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. The book was written beautifully and the characters are well developed. The author also must have done a ton of research on the topics she presented as well. I’m reading this for a group read and can’t wait to discuss!