Sometime in the summer of 1803, Meriwether Lewis paid the huge sum of $20 for a Newfoundland dog that he named Seaman. This animal participated in one of the great adventures in American history and became part of the written record of the Lewis and Clark expedition. He is mentioned nearly 30 times in the diaries of the two captains and even had a creek named after him.
Based on facts gleaned from period journals, this historical novel dramatizes the story of the expedition through Seaman’s eyes. Along the way, Seaman proved to be a valuable contributor to the happiness and success of the expedition. The appended author’s note separates fact from fiction and tells what happened to the main characters after the events in the book took place. James Watling’s many handsome, shaded-pencil drawings help readers visualize the setting, hardships, and dramatic moments of the story; and two maps enable them to follow the explorers’ route.
Once readers begin this fictional account of the dog’s role in the expedition, they will be caught up in the drama and action and find it too good to put down.