“It is also a story of superstition and fear and how it is overcome—by children.”
— Rocky Mountain News interview with L. Ron Hubbard
Raised in the same desolate village in the Rocky Mountains as Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, Chrissie is a very pretty girl, about eighteen, with large black eyes in strange contrast to her corn-silk hair.
She loves Jonnie and his decision to leave their disease-ridden village in search of a better place practically crushes her. In retaliation, Chrissie threatens to go after Jonnie if he does not return in a year—much to his dismay. She carries out her promise when almost a year later his horse, Windsplitter, wanders into the village, alone and with a fresh scar on its back-putting dread in her heart that Jonnie is injured and helpless.
Mommy teacher and blogger Sandra Girouard wrote about Chrissie in her post about Battlefield Earth:
Remember–this is a fun read. There is a hero, yeah. And he’s got a girl he loves and he’s trying to protect.
[Comment: But seriously, folks, Chrissie is no shrinking violet. Yes, Jonnie is working to save her–and the rest of the world–from 9-foot tall aliens, but Chrissie holds her own–raising her own food, building her own fires, tanning animal skins herself and sewing them into clothing… ]
See full blog post here.
Chrissie’s journey, along with that of Jonnie Goodboy Tyler and Pattie ultimately reveal the overall message of the story, which in the author’s words is simply, “That man can survive. That is the story.”