The plot in the story starts with True Son, a white boy who was raised by Indians
since he was four years old. A Native American family raised him as their own when their
son had died and True son was taken as prisoner. True Son's Indian parents said words
that made him an Indian. True Son considered this to be his life, and these people to be
One day when he was 15, he was told by his father that a new law was passed and
because he was white, he had to go back and live with his real family. Then True Son is
escorted by white soldiers back to the place where his parents live. His cousin and best
friend Half Arrow accompanies him on part of this journey.
True Son is reluctant to go and hates his white family. They force him to wear their
clothes, speak their language and interact with other whites daily.
The only white person
he likes is Gordie, his younger brother. Gordie is the only one who tries to understand
True Son, he's also the only one to call him True Son instead of John Butler, his real
Once while he was living with his white family he tried to escape. When Gordie
begged to go too, True Son brought him too. But Before they could get very far, they were
caught. A while later, True Son became ill and did not seem to get better with the
medicines that the Whites had. One night Gordie told True son that some Indians had
been seen in the town. Once he was left alone in his room, True Son put on his Indian
clothes and went out the window to meet his people.
He finds Half Arrow...