Sacagawea was only 16 when she led the expedition and caught the eye of William Clark who found her exotically appealing. Afterward, Clark took in Sacagawea and her child, and raised Baptiste as a foster son. When the teenage Baptiste attracted the notice of the visiting Duke Paul, Prince of Wurttemberg, Clark approved of the duke’s “experiment” to educate the boy at court. A gleeful Duke Paul exhibited Baptiste throughout Europe as “half gentleman-half animal.” Eventually Jean Baptiste turned his back on the Old World and returned to America, determined to find his true place there. He traveled deep into the heart of the American wilderness, and into the depths of his mother’s soul, on an epic quest for identitiy that brought sacrifice, loss and the distant promise of redemption.

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