This novel is based on the true story of Juana Maria, better known to history as "The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island," a Nicoleño Native Californian left alone for 18 years on San Nicolas Island, one of the Channel Islands off the California coast, before being discovered in 1853. It was believed that she lived in a cave on the island. In 2012 a Naval archeologist believes he has found that cave and investigation is ongoing. Commanders at the Navy base on the island about 65 miles southwest of point Mugu ordered Schwartz to halt the dig.
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