He looked at the sky, the blue roundness of the sky, and he looked at the roundness of the aspen trunks. He closed his eyes and sang a silent chant to the roundness of all things, the great roundness of life.

The cyclical nature of the novel and of Tom's life becomes clear in Chapter 48, when Tom not only returns to the environment in which he was born, but also in his emotional return to the beliefs of his childhood. He once again remarks on the "roundness" of which his mother had taught him, which signifies the continuity of the Ute tradition as well as the spiritual sense of eternity.