A Yellow Raft in Blue Water tells the stories of three Native American women over three generations. Ida, her daughter Christine, and her daughter Rayona form the core of the book's narrative about female relationships and the changing of cultural identity over time. Reconciliation is a prominent theme, and each of the three women's stories, told in reverse chronological order, deals with the central characters overcoming conflict within the family and growing closer.

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