In this book, Jesselynn Highwood and her travel-weary band must decide whether to continue their perilous journey to Oregon or whether to search for a place to call home before they reach their destination. Back in the East, Louisa and her brother Zachary face unending peril in order to get medical supplies for the hospital in Richmond. But when things go wrong and only a pardon from President Lincoln can save them, it looks like returning home many be impossible.
When a disastrous decision by the trainmaster forces Jesselynn Highwood and her companions to separate from the wagon train, she races back to Fort Laramie to find a guide to take them to Oregon. But the guide has a far different plan, and following her heart, Jesselynn agrees to join him, her ragtag band in tow.
Back east, Louisa Highwood and her brother Zachary are captured by Union soldiers for smuggling medical supplies into Richmond. Can Louisa find a way to obtain her brother's freedom before it's too late?
The future of the Highwood family--and that of their beloved Twin Oaks--hangs in the balance. Will the war's end bring them together again?
Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over 60 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold over 2 million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.