The Maidu Indians wanted no part of
the white devils that came to their sacred land to hunt the shiny metal.
But in 1849 Gold Rush miners in the Sierra Nevadas slaughter nearly all
the inhabitants of Kalkalya, trapping their spirits. Over 160 years
later, a grave robber desecrates the Maidu burial ground in search of
artifacts. Now the vengeful spirits unleash a bloodbath that threatens
the town of Lodestar, just as hordes of unsuspecting tourists arrive for
the annual Labor Day weekend festivities celebrating California’s Gold
Rush. The task of preventing further carnage falls upon an unlikely
quartet: a former ballplayer; the town librarian; an elderly Maidu
descendant; and a ten-year-old boy—the son of the grave robber whose
immoral actions first raised the spirits up from the Burning Ground.
About the Author
Mike Sirota is the author of twenty published books. For fourteen years he was an
award-winning feature writer and editor for a Southern California
newsmagazine. Mike has facilitated many read and critique workshops, and
has taught seminars and classes for various educational systems. He is
an instructor for the University of California, San Diego Extension and
is presently a workshop leader for the Southern California Writers' Conference and the La Jolla Writers Conference, and has also served on the faculty of the Alaska Writers Guild Conference.
Mike's journalism honors include a prestigious Simon Rockower Prize
for investigative reporting, and an award from the San Diego County
Medical Association. He was also honored as the first "Person of
by the 2002 La Jolla Writer's Conference "for his ongoing
and unselfish contributions to and support of the writing community."