“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… ]