A history-based novel that extends nearly 160 years, 1850-2003. Multiple generations soldiering through with the grit and fortitude required to survive the desolate plains, prairies and mountians of a changing country. Written in present tense form, we are immediatly part of the story of first Maude Roberts then her descendant, Luke Copley. You live with Maude as she explores her personal relationship with manifest destiny, standing with her through life-changing decisions and the secrets she carries with her. Luke's story is picked up in 2003 where his life is as much like Maude's was as it is different. Most of all, this is a novel about overcoming hardships, accepting love and how they take hold and eventually control the destiny of the generations of one courageous and often resolute family.