by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve (4th+)
Norman Two Bull is a fifteen year old who lives on a Dakota Reservation with his parents. His grandfather encourages him to climb to the top of a sacred butte, the Butte of the Thunders, where young boys used to go for their vision quests. Norman will be searching for agates while trying to avoid rattlesnakes and rock slides. While searching, he comes across an ancient stick, a coup stick, which has the power to make strange and unusual things happen. When these strange and unusual things begin to happen, Norman finds himself thinking not only of the money he can get for the agates found on the wakan, or holy hill, but about the mysterious coup stick as well. Can
Norman come to understand the wakan as his grandfather sees it or will money be what he associates with the hill?