Malaeska ? Story of what happened when a Native Indian woman tried to break conventions and married a white man... Excerpt: "At the time of our story, the beautiful expanse of country which stretches from the foot of the Catskill mountains to the Hudson was one dense wilderness. The noble stream glided on in the solemn stillness of nature, shadowed with trees that had battled with storms for centuries, its surface as yet unbroken, save by the light prow of the Indian's canoe. The lofty rampart of mountains frowned against the sky as they do now, but rendered more gloomy by the thick growth of timber which clothed them at the base..." Ann S. Stephens was an American novelist and magazine editor. She was the author of dime novels and is credited as the progenitor of that genre.