Outcasts of River Falls
by Jacqueline Guest
A 2012 Gold Moonbeam Award winner from Jacqueline Guest, recipient of the 2013 Indspire Award for the Arts.
After the death of her father, Kathryn must go to live with her Aunt Belle in Alberta. But a shock is in store for this well-bred young Toronto lady. Arriving at the town of Hopeful, Kathryn is horrified to learn her new home is a group of shacks called River Falls, a Metis community.
Never having known her true heritage, Kathryn is further shocked to discover it's not even a permanent home. Barred from owning land, the Metis must find a way to live in the road allowances, or ditches – the strips of government land between the public highway and the private properties of recognized citizens.
Excitement comes in the form of a mysterious stranger known as the Highwayman, a shadowy Robin Hood figure who rights wrongs against the Metis people in his own way. When he is framed for a crime he did not commit, and Aunt Belle becomes involved, Kathryn must use all her resources to prove their innocence – and challenge the deep-seated beliefs of an entire community.
Outcasts of River Falls is the sequel to the award-winning Belle of Batoche.