This work of historical fiction is a journey through a world that no longer exists. We learn of great Indian cities that were lost before Columbus ever touched the New World. Our story navigates a vast frontier where most transportation is confined to an untamed American river system – the highways of the time. The geography is dotted with place names that may seem familiar in the modern world but were completely different settings two hundred years ago when the Murrell family left Tennessee on a spine-tingling expedition into a new frontier.
The story of KADO – Lost Treasure of the Kadohadacho simply cannot be understood in the context of the 21st century. Hence in this book, we use images to reset that context, back to the world of 1818 and centuries before. Through the art of Jean Guillet, we can visualize the places, the geography and the civilization that existed in those forgotten years, when pioneers first moved westward into what we know today as the Louisiana Purchase. Jean creates each of her digital paintings for KADO based on the imagery of the story, while anchoring her work firmly in the physical reality of the time. Her maps help make sense of the journeys depicted in the pages of KADO, while her scenes imagine what that world actually looked like.