One-time baseball great Conley King retired after a career-ending injury and for the next twenty years he successfully operated his Neighborhood World Wide Sporting Goods, Feed, Bait and Tackle store. One winter morning, Conley’s predictable life is disrupted when representatives of the world’s largest sporting goods manufacturer approach him with a multi-million dollar offer to coach a team within the newly formed American Professional, Coed, Fast-pitch Softball League. The catch? His team must be comprised entirely of American Indians. The problem? Conley and his skilled athletes know nothing about softball. Worse, the male and female players from a variety of culturally-distinct tribes possess as many preconceived notions about other Indians as non-Indians have about them. Armed with their logo--the aggressive Loggerhead Shrike—in addition to their desire to succeed, the Lightning Shrikes attempt the impossible goal of settling their animosities in their quest to win the League’s World Championship.
Award winning Native author Devon Mihesuah tells a tale of disparate men and women who must first respect themselves and each other before they can compete as a united front against stereotypes and a manipulative marketing ploy. In the process, The Lightning Shrikes educate each other and the country about the strength of Native America.