Who is Swift River? James Youngest met him when he was eleven years old during his only prior visit to the north shore. Swift River had saved young James' life from a near drowning incident, but immediately after saving him, he vanished into the woods. Now, twelve years later, their paths cross again and it is James Youngest's turn to save Swift River. During their desperate race, Swift River reveals to James Youngest his extraordinary past and his life as a Mandan. The Last Race finishes with a compelling revelation and climax.