This is a novel book. Homesteaders in the American West relied on the strength of family to overcome brutal conditions in the fulfillment of their dreams. With confidence and optimism, the homesteading family groups journeyed over 1000 miles in crude modes of transportation with limited supplies to a destiny unknown. Many arrived only to find the last claims available, dry and barren, but with ingenuity and the use of efficient sools and systems, they made the most of it. The Homestead Act encapsulated a truly American ideal; with hard work and perserverence, anyone can succeed. Families abandoned their possessions and together, took a risk.