Mormon pioneers--Juvenile fiction; Teenage boys--Juvenile fiction; Single-parent families--Juvenile fiction; Overland journeys to the Pacific--Juvenile fiction
Driftwood to an Inland Sea is a fast-paced, quirky historical comedy of youth in a precarious situation. Like a hunk of Utah, this novel weaves romance, riverboats, murder, polygamy, and wilderness into a story for all ages. Teen humor, through times loyal and tragic, lifts off in a resolute effort toward solid Utah ground.
Jed Cox is the son of a man killed in the Missouri Massacre. It is 1844 in Nauvoo, Illinois, and Jed's passion for life launches him into the prevailing winds, which soon accelerate into migrating storms. A riverbelle from the South tangles his attention, while two unlikely parents lay a cornerstone for his journey into the unknown.
Even at 17, Jed Cox is a fulcrum on which many people rely. His two little sisters are his pride and his peeve. Rachel, 10, is the antithesis of Ann, 13; each is an archetype of women. Their mother, Eliza Cox, is a little lady with a big role, a typical colonial Mormon.
Driftwood's story runs deep, and the lifeblood of the land symbolizes the carriage of souls from this earthly plane into eternity.