Yesterday our family watched Dances with Wolves. It was set in the time of the Civil War.
The protagonist starts out as a lieutenant with only a horse, a diary/journal, and a friendly wolf who he names 2 Socks. Lieutenant John (protagonist) is lonely and longs to see an Indian.
One day he spots an Indian trying to steal his horse, but the Indian is frightened and runs away when he approaches. A few days lat he decides to see the Indian(s).
But on his was he finds a white woman dressed in Indian clothes she has bled all over her. He takes her to the Indians, who heal her. Soon they fall in love.
He worries for the Indians, their "tatanca" (buffalo) have not shown up. The white have killed some for their pelts.
I will not tell more because the rest is sad.