Dr. Jefferies is a direct descendant of twelve ancestors who traveled the Mormon trail from 1847 through 1862. A self-described "rut-nut,” he has spent years tracing the "westering” emigration trails and studying contemporary accounts of those who traveled over them. Foremost is the emigration journal kept by his great-great grandfather.
The author is an accomplished writer who has published in professional journals over the past thirty years. His meticulous research and engaging writing style are clearly evident in his novel. A retired Air Force colonel, he is a career administrator and educator. He holds an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.
Adam Weldon thinks that only a few short weeks of hard work stand between him and a very bright future. Soon, however, he is caught up in forces beyond his control—forces unleashed by the Civil War. Both his love for his fiance, Laura, and his new faith will be tried in ways he can’t imagine.
Pulling from his great-great-grandfather's journals, Chris Jefferies tells of the journey of William Jefferies westward to Zion. William and his family encounter illness, renegades, and the kidnapping of a family member. Using documented events from Porter Rockwell's life, we live through his painstaking search for the girl through western Utah Territory, and the showdown when he finds her captors
Jefferies brings to life what it is like for a family to immigrate to America under primitive conditions in this history-based, Mormon-themed novel set in the 1860's. Escaping a tyrannical father and arriving amidst the cross-currents of an emerging civil war, a growing westward expansion, and Brigham Young's colonization of the west, they find prosperity and freedom to practice their religion.