In one magnificent family burned the vision that built a great american city. They were the Kirklands. Bold headstrong and passionate, indomitable Kirklands struggled to sirvive in a treacherous , hosilte land. From penniless settlers to wealthy mine owners to Denvers regal first fmaily, together and sepratly they pursued their dazzling dreams of love and glory. From the era of the covered wagon to the rise of the western railroad, from the gold rush years to the golden age of the american west, In the Shadow of the Mountains is the breathtaking saga or a remarkable family who endured tragedy and harship to build a glorious mountain empire.