Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, age seventy-one, is asked to deliver a ten year old girl to her aunt and uncle who live on the other side of Texas. Kidd earns a living traveling to small, rural towns and reading articles from a variety of newspapers to the illiterate folks who wish to know what is going on in the world. The girl, Johanna, was captured by Native Americans who murdered her parents and her younger sister. She has lived with that tribe for four years and, in that time, has forgotten the ways of the white man.
The journey Kidd and Johanna make is wonderfully described by Jiles. The longer the two travel together, the more they trust and understand each other. Jiles has written a lovely novel that would make a perfect book group read.