Blood Red Earth: A brave named Red Earth takes his younger brother, Waiting Crow, into the grasslands to kill meat that will feed their family and earn their father's respect. They fail in the hunt, and after a long and exhausting day, prepare to return home in shame. But on their course, they discover a doe, paralyzed and buried alive. They disinter the animal, murder it by bow, and drag it home as their own kill. Their family's admiration at the fresh meat is short lived. The flesh of the doe is tainted with a poison that draws the creatures that first paralyzed it and buried it alive. All flesh is food to the Burrowers, and when they come to reclaim their dinner, they take more than the doe. With his Father, Red Earth sets out to rescue his brother. He finds instead that nature can be more terrible than myth, that there are hard truths on the path to adulthood, and deaths more horrible than he could have imagined.