In May 1888 thirteen year old Sammy Smyle decides to leave the orphanage where he lives and to sail to America with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
Set at the turn of the Twentieth century, Sammy Blue Eyes tells of a boy following the popular maxim to “Go west and live your dream.” Orphan Sammy takes this to heart as he abandons the orphanage and his friends to sail to America.
This story of a young runaway of White English and Native American heritage is a different take on the traditional western. You’ll find ‘cowboys and Indians’, but in Hull, not the American West. These Lakota are the heroes who rescue Sammy from a Yorkshire town where all the other faces are white.
Tragedy and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show bring Sammy back to Hull fifteen years later to find his lost sister, his good friends, and to settle an old score.
Author Frank Beill, who grew up near the Hull fish docks, brings Sammy’s story, the Wild West Show, and Hull to life in an engaging historical novel.