In the early summer of 1846, life for Claire and her family and friends at Winter Quarters is pleasant but full of challenges. Claire, Polly, and Jacques are building a sod house for Polly's family, an almost impossible job for two young women and a boy. But then Claire meets the handsome young man who works with her father, and finds that getting his attention is her toughest job yet.
Then a captain of the U.S. Army comes to seek Brigham Young's help in raising a battalion to assist in the war effort against Mexico. The Nicol, Manning and Maughan families are tumbled into a contest of opinions.Who will volunteer? And what does this mean for Claire and the young man she loves? Join Claire as this important event in Mormon history unfolds. [from back cover]