The 1849 Gold Rush is no place for a refined young woman on her own, but Quinn plans to become a businesswoman, independent, and capable of earning her own way. First, though, she must escape her wealthy but abusive father with her inherited dowry intact.
With her hopes and dreams buried deep by secrets, she flees to California’s gold country, a rugged man’s land where only the strong survive. Battling blackmail, fraud, and deception, Quinn must face the most divisive lie of all—her own.
It is May 1932 and life in the timbered rise and fall of Western Arkansas has just gotten harder for sixteen-year-old Sooze Williams. With debt mounting and both friends and family fleeing, Sooze is determined to “do the right thing.” She promises her heart to a well-to-do man believing true love is just another loss along the way. But when her uncle is murdered and family is accused of the crime, Sooze faces a battle worth far than money.