Linda Teigland Clark’s book is a work of historical fiction, centered in the California Gold Rush 1848-1849, with an appeal to both young adult and mature readers. When cholera decimates her family in August 1848, Laurin must struggle to complete the wagon trek into California along with her younger siblings in an unpredictable world ruled by men, gold, and greed. Paperback. 2008. 569 pages. ISBN 9780595459520.