SUNSHINE ON THE PRAIRIE is the story of CYNTHIA ANN PARKER, captured by a band of Comanches as a nine-year-old while living in Fort Parker with her family. It was 24 years before she was "re-captured" by her "white family". This is the intriguing story of why she did not want to be rescued from her Comanche family. During her 24-year captivity, she had become a wife to Nocona, the most feared of the Comanche war chiefs and the mother of Quanah, last and most famous of the Comanche war chiefs. Cynthia Ann adopted completely the lifestyle and culture of the Comanches. She endured their hardships and she also learned to love the freedom of the pristine wilderness. Using exhaustive research, the author follows Cynthia's footprints over the prairie with a sensitivity rare among non-native Americans.
Jack C. Ramsay, Jr., an award winning author of previous books, is the son of his Virginia mother, great grandson of her famous grandfather, Geor ge S. Cook. Jack's uncle inherited (and continued) the famous Cook studio and the collection of photographs which were placed in the Valentine Museum (Richm ond, Virginia) and the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.). A graduate of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where he received his Ph.D. for his wo rk in historical research, he also studied at the University of Texas, Davidso n College, North Carolina (B.S. degree), Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (B.D. degree).