Nancy Sowell enjoys exploring the mountains and deserts of the American Southwest and pondering their rich history and cultures. She also relishes spending time with her children and their families. She and her husband live in Colorado.
In 1848, thirteen-year-old orphan Jacob tries to convince his ornery, long-lost Uncle Whit to return home as they travel together over the Old Spanish Trail to California. Jacob's impatience with Whit's wild ways softens over time as he seeks to understand the troubled man, but his mission and dream of staying in the west are soon threatened by Whit's secret plan and unknown enemy.