The Quest: A Lakota Legend



Set in the early history of our native North Americans, this fictional adventure presents a complex view of the society in which White Wolf and Flaming Eagle must constantly strive to be worthy for their people beyond their roles as warriors and providers. The wise old Wicasa is the tribe's spiritual connection with the Grand Father. Being shaman, he must prepare the way for his successor and choose him through the ancient rituals expected to produce a leader of his esteem. Although plagued by the emotions of the unknown, the old man strives to maintain balance with his beloved Nature while honoring the traditions passed down through the ages. Meticulous in his responsibilities to the tribe, White Wolf must choose his successor based on the achievements and character displayed by his young students as they strive for manhood. Always guided by visions from the Great Spirit, he reaffirms his faith that the Grand Father will continue to guide the spirit in his own time and will reveal the new Wicasa. Meanwhile, he and those who contend must deal with the ever-present terrorism of the savages, taking time to ponder life's mysteries and the foreboding specter of the future invaders.

Product Details

Westwood Books Publishing LLC
Publish Date
October 16, 2018
6.0 X 0.73 X 9.0 inches | 1.06 pounds
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About the Author

Mr. Latona has over forty years of experience dealing with human nature through its many ranges. He graduated from San Jose State with a BA in English literature and acting. His experience as an amateur and professional actor gave him an opportunity to play a variety of diverse roles, increasing his understanding of the human heart and the idiosyncrasies created by the human spirit. His literary education revealed that honor and perseverance are among our greatest assets in our quests for fulfillment in life. He began writing poetry and short stories in high school, receiving his first rejection slip at the age of twenty-two. While on tour as a professional actor, he was introduced to the beauty and majesty of Montana, Wyoming, and the Sacred Black Hills of the Dakotas. These memories and images strongly influenced him and are clearly reflected in his stories of the indigenous people of the region. With a masters degree in social work from the University of California at Sacramento and licensed as a clinical social worker, he gained further experience and insight working for welfare, probation, institutions for juvenile delinquents and prisons. He spent twenty years in private practice, working with relationships, families, societal issues, and addictions. Married with two children and four grandchildren, he cherishes his time as an involved father and grandfather.