First printing. A novel of pioneer courage and survival in the face of trouble. Follows the Donner Party, with its cast of young and old adventurers, through its ordeals, with special focus on leader James Frazier Reeds's eight-year old daughter, Patty (Houston now lives in Patty Reed's former house, which gives this book an interesting perspective) . Map endpapers. 317 pp. Dust jacket praise from William Kittredge and Kevin Starr, who praise both the storytelling and the historical accuracy. Near fine in near fine dust jacket. .ISBN # 0-375-411038
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