'All Creatures Great and Small'-like veterinary drama/comedy set in
the modern-day Canadian West with a multicultural theme and contemporary
Doc Henry Steiner is an old, Redneck, saw-bones veterinarian with
mysterious past. Into his
one-person, overworked, Backwater practice traipses a young First Nations
woman (Roberta Collineuer, Ph.D., D.V.M.) who is fresh out of Vet School,
scientifically talented and tied to her cultural roots into working in his
backwater practice. The
volatile person, political and cultural mismatch is held together by
pioneer grit, compassion for animals and a need for both to redeem family
wrongs never shared with friends or colleagues.
The setting is Knife Bend, Alberta, a town full of 21st Century
pioneers and colorful eccentrics, whose town is about to be
'Aspenized' by an Eastern-based Multinational Corporation.
The Corporation is led by a suave and clever Veterinarian lawyer
with a personal score to settle with 'Old Doc Henry', and a
newly-discovered obsession to acquire the new Native 'Wolf Doctor' as
his own personal 'squaw'.
advanced development as Television Movie, series pilot.
Comment: A favorite
'edgy' mainstream novel which attracts women and men who fancy
themselves rugged individualists. Also
a favorite of animal lovers. A
bit hit with those in the health care or other healing professions as
well. Relates to
expatiates who have left civilization, and those in cities who want to