Juliet Wildfire Stone and her mother, a high-powered lawyer, though Native American are living in a gated community of white people. Juliet, however, is conflicted about her origins and culture – more so when her grandfather Jake, or Sicheii, tells her the story of her ‘birth’ and the significance of the star-shaped scar on her right foot.
Just turning sixteen, Juliet finds herself having to grow up quickly as people around her are being murdered and her Sicheii, from whom as a teenager she is now estranged, is one of the prime suspects. Along with her childhood friend Troy Buckhorn and Kate, her only friend in the up-scale high school she attend, Juliet sets out to find out what’s going on. The more she searches, the stranger are the things she learns. Strangest of all are the voices in her head, the daydreams, and Sicheii’s talk about her ‘gifts.’ Just when she thinks things could get no worse, the father she’s never known returns, she learns that a strange creature called the Seeker wants her dead, and she discovers that her grandfather has been involved in strange, unsolved deaths in the past.
Not only must Juliet survive all these assaults upon her sanity, but she must learn the secret of her gifts to ensure the survival of her people.
Riveting action and dialogue marks Wind Catcher: A Chosen Novel by father-daughter writing team Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef. The plot flows from an easy pace at the beginning, picks up steam in the middle, and plunges the reader to a satisfying climax as Juliet comes face to face with the Seeker. Some interesting plot twists make this young adult paranormal mystery/thriller a treat to read. I give it four stars.