Eleven-year-old African American twins Tom and Stefan are coping with frontier life in 1860s Texas when they are suddenly separated by a Comanche Indian raid. Far Stones tells of Tom's harsh assimilation into Comanche life while Stefan encounters the brutal realities of slavery during the Civil War and confronts its legacy afterwards. Throughout the years on their disparate paths each brother clings in his own way to the nascent sport of baseball and in so doing endures to reach adulthood in his respective American culture.
Far Stones paints a portrait of Comanche life in a pivotal time as the US government seeks to force the proud nomadic people to give up their way of life and move onto a reservation. Captured brother Tom succeeds in his new life as an Indian and is accepted into the tribe just when the Comanche ways are fundamentally threatened. Once a free man Stefan searches for his brother with the help of the Buffalo soldiers while fearing for Tom's life. And if Stefan finds him will their shared love of baseball be enough to bridge their vast cultural divide?
Loren Woodson was born in Schenectady New York spent his early youth in small town Connecticut and Kentucky moving to Southern California at age fifteen where he has lived ever since. He attended Pomona College and UCLA and received his M.D. from the University of Southern California and his PhD from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry. Baseball hooked him from when he first caught one. He lives with his artist wife near their children and grandchildren in Santa Monica California where he plays brass and woodwinds and coaches Little League.