A tale for children of all ages, centered on two critter cousins who must find a way to team up with the Human Who Speaks from the Heart to preserve their homeland, Wild Nation. Rufus and Roscoe journey from their home in Deep Green Forest to Big Mountain, hoping to meet "a human spreading a light of only one color, pure blue," and to start a lasting peace between their nation and humankind. The trip to Big Mountain is a test of the raccoons' cunning and courage, but upon arrival their greatest challenge is yet to come: how to communicate with this special human to usher in the peace and save Wild Nation.
The Human Who Speaks from the Heart is known only through legend, first spoken by the Great Spirit and then handed down for generations among the critters. The arrival of this special human marks the return of their kind to Wild Nation. Driven away hundreds of years ago by a huge firestorm, their return has been only a matter of time. But this time all will be different. This time a great peace will unfold between humans and all others, and with the peace will come the preservation of the nation.
The human has been spotted on Big Mountain under mysterious circumstances. The Nation Council must convene on the next full moon to consider how to go about communicating with this human. All areas of the nation are to send a representative to the full moon meeting. Rufus is chosen by the local council to represent the Deep Green. He asks permission to have Roscoe accompany him and the council consents. On the eve of their departure Rufus and Roscoe receive a secret stone — a piece of blue turquoise — and are instructed to tell no critter of their treasure. They are to present the stone to the Nation Council as proof of their status as chosen reps. The cousins break the stone in two and stitch their pieces into deer hide collars. Early the next morning they strike out for Big Mountain.
Welcome to the world of Rufus and Roscoe Raccoon.