Less than a year after young Choctaw Tuli Black Wolf rescued lost and injured hunters on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, her beloved grandmother Jaunty is killed by a drunk driver. To ease the pain of their loss, Tuliís family decides to focus on hiking one of the most challenging trails in the country: the thirty-mile Dodson Trail in Big Bend National Park.
A day into the hike they encounter the lost Baker family, four people weak from dehydration and sickened from drinking unpurified water. Tuli and her mother Virginia, the internationally renowned tracker, plan to hike to the Chisos Basin Lodge for help, but while assisting the Bakers, Virginia suffers a serious injury. Tuliís veterinarian father must care for the injured people and her brother Pete is too young to hike alone. The only one who can make it to the Lodge is Tuli. Along the way, she severely cuts her foot and faces a series of storms and flash floods, in addition to a mountain lion that may be on her trail. Tuli must once again find the strength inside her to save not only herself, but those who depend on her. In the course of Tuliís arduous and frightening journey, she learns to summon courage when she needs it most. She also realizes that it is a mistake to discount the ingenuity and determination of her brother Pete to help save their mother.
Big Bend Luck is an empowering story of how family love and strength of character can conquer the toughest of odds. It is second in the Tuli Black Wolf Adventure series by the award-winning Choctaw author, Devon Mihesuah. The first, Grand Canyon Rescue, won the Oklahoma Writersí Federationís Best Young Adult Novel, the Arizona Writersí Association Book of the Year Award and was finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Tuliís next adventure will take place at Glacier National Park.