The Captive Trail is second in a six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896. Although a series, each book can be read singularly.
Taabe Waipu has run away from her Comanche village and is fleeing south in Texas on a horse she stole from a dowry left outside her family's teepee. The horse has an accident and she is left on foot, injured and exhausted. She staggers onto a road near Fort Chadbourne and collapses.
On one of the first runs through Texas, Butterfield Overland Mail Company driver Ned Bright carries two Ursuline nuns returning to their mission station. They come across a woman who is nearly dead from exposure and dehydration and take her to the mission.With some detective work, Ned discovers Taabe Waipu is Billie Morgan. He plans to unite her with her family, but the Comanche have other ideas, and the two end up defending the mission station.
This riveting story was the best at capturing the reader's interest with the right amount of history and fiction. When I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down. I read it in a day and a half. Ned's love brought tears to my eyes because he loved even though he knew of Billie's past and Billie's family never forgot her, even though she was taken captive by indians. They knew she was alive somewhere and I was just reminded of God's presence in our life. Since He made us, He also knows our past and even though we ourselves might want to forget our past, God will always take us in, whether or not, our past is darker than a train's tunnel.