Alexander Anderson had dreams of getting rich quick. When lured by his brother John to seek adventure in the California gold fields, sells his Virginia farm, packs up his family and heads west cross-country in a covered wagon along the unmarked trails.
Heavy hearted and compelled to make the perilous journey West, Caroline Anderson does not want to leave her comfortable home in Virginia and dreads the possibility of unknown hazards facing her and her family on such a long, dangerous trip.
When Caroline is abandoned, afraid of what lies ahead, she is forced to make a life-threatening decision. Determined to survive she trudges forward through uncharted land to conquer rugged mountain terrain, treks through treacherous Indian lands and crosses a searing desert. Her dim but only hope now is to find her brother-in-law and try to obtain her husband's share of the gold claim.