Pillar of Cloud Author:Jackson Burgess "Whatever a man could want, fine farmland, up in the high valleys. Fur-game and table-game as thick as fleas. Timber. Plenty of pure water. There's gold, so I've heard. . . . The Santa Fe Trail runs south of the mountains. The Oregon Road crosses them up north. In between, lies the country I'm talking about. It something to see, I tell you." — It... more » was no wonder Garvin Cooper was eager to seek his fortune beyond the far horizons, or that he persuaded his friend McVey that their future lay among the high Rockies.
And so they joined the little party under the leadership of guide Ned Drum, who talked a good story despite his aura of failure. If Drum had been less obsessed by his fanatical determination to prove there was a new and practical way across the plains, or if Garvin and McVey had not been young, eager and inexperience, they would have realized that one wagon and team, one Quaker couple seeking peace, one untried Easterner and one half-grown boy could not hope to pioneer a new trail across the trackless miles to the northwest.
At first all went well. Then came doubts as hatred grew between Drum and McVey. Did Ned Drum really know what he was doing? Or were they all headed to an early grave on a road to nowhere?« less