Tekallet: a novel // by Myron Richards

It’s 1854—Paul Jackson and his family have been forced to flee from their farm to the nearby town of Seattle, to avoid being massacred by hostile Indians wanting to reclaim native and sacred lands.
Once the Jacksons have settled into their new Seattle home, they receive the gift of an orphaned new-born half-Indian and half-white girl from their Indian friend, Gus, the girl’s uncle. Mary Jackson names her Rosie and she is given the chance of a better life, growing up in the white-man’s world. Gus stays in contact with his niece and teaches her the ways of her native people.
Einar Svenson and Lars Larson jointly purchase a sunken steamboat and rebuild it to use as a passenger vessel on Puget Sound, naming it Tekallet. Rosie has grown into a beautiful young lady and offers to operate a food service on Tekallet. Thus friendships form, and eventually blossom into romance.