Callie, half-Irish and half-Seneca, is a forest
ranger who is somewhat absentminded and given to a state of what she
terms as near hibernation. Though she is loath to trust Newton after the
incident that drove them apart when they were young, the two are drawn
to one another. Newton, however, does not know that Callie is protecting
a mysterious, goliath bear in the forest or that she is guarding another
highly personal secret. As for Callie, she has no idea that Newton is
hunting this same black bear who is legend in the area, or that he is on
the run from a charge of murder in their hometown.
When Callie does find out about the manhunt, she, as a park ranger, becomes involved and events conspire in such a way that she must decide who to save: herself, the bear, or the man she loves.
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Set in the mountain forests of the Alleghenies, The
Tracking Heart is the story of Callie and Newton who are falling in love
but happen to be in a race to find the same goliath bear. Their motives
are different: hers is to protect this mysterious, supernatural animal,
and his is to kill it.
This novel builds to a powerful conclusion, with
tense bear and manhunts in ‘Great Meadow’ on the mountain, at the end of
the book. It looks as if the bear is shot, but is it really dead? Who is
really tracking who? It may be that the terrifying and beautiful spirit
bear is tracking both Callie and Newton.