It's autumn, 1843, Kate and her family are in Oregon. The trees seem overpowering and the silence is scary. Fortunately Kate's family and best friend's family have staked a claim nearby. And there is much for the girls to explore and discover. But when Tildy's brother decides to join their mother in California, Tildy decides to go with him. Then tragedy strikes, and Kate must find the courage and love to stand by her friend.… (more)
Eleven-year-old Kate and her family are in Oregon at last and Kate is having a difficult time adjusting to her new life. The dark woods are frightening, and her best friend Tildy wants to return to her mother back East. But by Christmastime, Kate's mother is expecting a baby, Tildy has decided to stay, and Kate has finally come to accept Oregon as her home.