A courageous young woman heads west in search of a new home in this stirring saga from a Spur Award–winning author.
The Civil War robbed Brittany Laird of her family, her home, and her past. She has no choice but to set out for Fort Bowie in the Arizona Territory to become governess to her cousin’s children. The attentions of handsome cavalry officer Zach Tyrell stir Brittany’s heart, but her instinct to protect a captive Apache boy raises the ire of a community poisoned by prejudice and fear.
So Brittany takes Jody to Soapsuds Row, where she exhausts herself scrubbing the soldiers’ heavy garments and searches for a way to get the child back to his people. When they’re carried off by a band of Apaches led by Jody’s father, Kah-Tay, Brittany is brought to the group’s camp in the Sierra Madre. She befriends Kah-Tay’s sister, Sara, who tells the story of her people and explains the mutual hatred between the Apaches and Mexicans. Kah-Tay soon sends Brittany to the silver mining town of Alamos, where a local aristocrat courts her. This world of sprawling haciendas and silk petticoats is enticing, but Brittany knows her future lies elsewhere—she must find the courage and fortitude to follow her heart.
A deft storyteller whose novels of frontier life are rich in drama and historical detail, bestselling author Jeanne Williams transports readers to a fascinating time and place in this unforgettable saga.