Heredity and circumstance lock Katie McBride into a life of failure. First her father abandons her, and then her mother, an alcoholic, abuses her. Katie’s path begins to look very much like that of her parents, and she sees no way out.
Over one hundred and fifty years earlier, Katie’s pioneer ancestor Katherine faces great hardships as she travels West with a wagon train. A young, widowed mother, she is miraculously compelled to somehow help her wayward descendant. Katie finds Katherine’s journal and reads it as she completes her juvenile-court sentencing – a difficult, two-week youth handcart trek. At Independence Rock, Katie’s and Katherine’s paths and divine intervention meet. Katie is discouraged, though, and decides that it is too late for her to change. She must be willing to believe in herself if she is wants to stop the downward generational spiral that has plagued her family. (Publisher website)