One Thousand White Women begins with May Dodd's journey west into the unknown. A government program, in which women are brought west as brides for the Cheyenne, is her vehicle. What follows is the story of May's adventures: her marriage to Little Wolf, chief of the Cheyenne nation, and her conflict of being caught between two worlds, loving two men, living two lives. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.
Jim Fergus is a longtime correspondent for Outside Magazine and a contributing editor for Sports Afield. His work has appeared in dozens of national magazines and newspapers, and he is the author of the nonfiction book, A Hunter's Road. He lives in northern Colorado.