When the Legends Die is the story of Thomas Black Bull, a young Native American man who is raised in the wild by his parents. When they die, though, Thomas is thrown into an unfamiliar world where members of white society try to reform, exploit, and control him. He is forced to learn to rely on himself and to cling to the lessons taught to him by his parents. The novel explores family, blood identity, and native culture.

Summary of When the Legends Die by Hal Borland

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