News of the World

news of world cover image News of the World

by Paulette Jiles
General Fiction
William Morrow
Hardcover, 224 page

Set in Texas in 1870, this is the story of a journey taken by 72 year old Captain Jefferson Kidd and 10 year old Johanna Leonberger. The Captain has been asked to return Johanna to her aunt and uncle in San Antonio, after her having spent the last four years living with the Kiowa tribe. Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The Captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.