Families--Utah--Fiction; Families--Germany--Fiction; Mormon families--Fiction; San Juan County (Utah)--History--Fiction; Germany--History--Fiction; World War, 1914-1918--Fiction; Historical fiction, American--Mormon authors
Life could not be more promising for the Eckhardts. They finally have a son, Hans Otto Eckhardt, the male heir they have longed for and a child of such brilliance and promise that his success seems certain. But as youthful Hans’s ambition takes him away from his family and their small Bavarian village, the winds of unrest in Europe are about to erupt into the greatest war the world has ever known.
At the edge of the lawless, western frontier in America, the Westland family struggles each day to survive. Harassed by Indians and plagued by cycles of drought and floods, life is dangerous and difficult, but young Bill Westland is determined to make a home for himself and his future family in the inhospitable land he has come to love.
United only by their determination to weather the storms of life together with their loved ones, the two families are destined to ultimately cross paths and become inextricably intertwined.