High-spirited young Jane is excited to be part of Mr. Mercer’s plan to bring Civil War widows and orphans to Washington Territory—but life out west isn’t at all what she expected.
Washington Territory is just the place for
men of broad mind and sturdy constitution—and girls too, Jane figures,
or Mr. Mercer wouldn’t have allowed her to come on his expedition to
bring unmarried girls and Civil War widows out west.
constitution is sturdy enough. She’s been taking care of her baby
brother ever since Papa was killed in the war and her young stepmother
had to start working long days at the mill. The problem, she fears, is
her mind. It might not be suitably broad because she had to leave school
to take care of little Jer. Still, a new life awaits in Washington
Territory, and Jane plans to make the best of it.
doesn’t turn out to be quite as advertised. In this rough-and-tumble
frontier town, Jane is going to need every bit of that broad mind and
sturdy constitution—not to mention a good sense of humor and a stubborn
streak a mile wide.