Book 1 in the series:
In 1909 at the age of thirteen, Nellie camps with her family in the new State of Oklahoma. They fled crop failure at home in East Texas. She loved her parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters. All of them believed they could pull through the worst of circumstances. Instead, they barely scraped by with enough to eat. The book provides detailed background of her family life in those days.
Her grandfather led the exodus with twelve other families from East Texas. He and her father felt responsible for their family and for those who came along with them. They knew only one man in the new state. He allowed them to camp on his land near Cement. Their struggle would have gone unnoticed except for the welcoming preacher from a local church. One affluent family hired her mother and grandmother. Their pay was what they needed the most, food.