Image from “Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny” book cover. Viewed online.

When his grandparents pass away, 10-year-old Donovan Manypenny has to leave his home on a northern Wisconsin Ojibwe reservation and become a ward of the State of Wisconsin, entering the child welfare system — foster care, children’s homes, and adoption.

The trauma he experiences from losing his grandparents and way of life forces him to suppress his past for 43 years. But then at age 53, life events take him back to his childhood home and he begins to retrace his Ojibwe ancestors’ historical westward migration.