It's 1835, and 13-year-old Annie is a Cherokee. She lives with her family on the Chattahoochee River. It is the old Cherokee Nation, near what is today Johns Creek, Georgia. Her family are well-to-do members of the Wild Potato Clan, and are forging Cherokee and United States history. The problem is, they are angering a lot of people in the process, including Principal Chief John Ross! Her older brothers take part in drafting the infamous Treaty of New Echota. This Treaty will move most of the Cherokees west of the Mississippi River. Annie is upset and angry.
Annie faces challenges with the help of her faithful dog, Stardust, and her best friend and Wolf Clan warrior, Two Moons Dancing. Annie is trying to become a young woman of character. As the events of the Treaty signing unfold, Annie tests herself. She wants to know if what she believes about Cherokee women is true: Do they have strength and substance? Is she, in fact, becoming a strong Cherokee woman herself? Will she be successful?