An excellent mystery that takes place in the western United States in the 1800’s. A Mormon immigrant wagon train heading west was attacked by Indians who wiped out all the members of the train, or so they thought. Two had hidden and survived, but all their family was dead. Their tale of survival and all the ingenuity they had to use placed teenagers Shyann Richardson and Lane Tandy together in hostile country. Lane had been injured by an arrow and survived, that survival helped by Shyann’s nursing. They had several guns for protection but they knew there were too many Indians to fight if they attacked again. They kept in sheltered areas as much as possible.
The gang that had attacked the wagon train was in the area. Howard along with a rag-tag bunch of Indians and Mexicans led it. They made plans to wipe out some of the towns of all their goods that their gang needed, not caring how many they killed or humiliated. Meanwhile, Lane’s leg was in very bad shape, swelling up and needed more medical attention. Shyann’s father had shown her how to do a lot of doctoring so she took the bull by the horns and lanced it, making Lane pass out. The horses from the wagon train had taken off and scattered when the attackers had come. Shyann ran across the horse tracks and followed them hoping to catch them to help carry them and their supplies they had gathered from the remnants of the burned out wagon train. When she found them, the horses were with a couple moving their sheep herd, and of course they claimed the horses were theirs. Eventually Shyann got the horses away and used them to help them along the ride to Provo City or wherever they would end up getting to. The woman with the sheep did not want to give up those horses but in the end Shyann claimed them.
The battle for the horses went on and they all finally settled dividing them, which helped both of the groups. Another battle of sorts also was occurring between Shyann and Lane because they were a boy and a girl and their privacy was becoming more and more of an issue, not wanting the other one to see them while they tried to wash and especially when she was checking on his wound on his upper thigh. Those two created humor. They remembered there was some of their money hidden in their parents’ wagon and fortunately it was still there. That will later help them purchase needs for themselves. As they moved toward Provo several times they had to hide so they would not have their possessions stolen.
They finally got to Provo and were viewed suspiciously by the townsfolk. They tried to fit in as much as possible and also worked in with the mostly Mormons as their religion. They still ran into the gang that had burned the wagon train even though they tried to avoid them. They wanted to hurt them for killing their families. This story is kept interesting with the many characters that keep appearing on their travels. No dull moments. A great read.