from Book I, Book II's focuses
on childhood, continuance, and the eradication of physical barriers.
beloved widow Pegah, her competent daughter Alice Spott, and a young
Ruth Roberts step onto center stage, along with the boy Harry Roberts
becoming fluent in Yurok.
It tells of
the Roberts' arrival at Requa in 1915. Of Ruth seeking Indian friendship,
her little son solace and warmth. With the horrors of World War
I moving closer, there is a picnic on the sandspit in 1917. Soon
Robert Spott joins the fight overseas. The Roberts take an upriver
boat-trip. Ruth's second race comes when an aged Indian life is
at stake and White law questioned.