Berry Warfield, her father and her pregnant stepmother are traveling to Missouri. Not long after the story opens, Berrys father is killed. I breathed a sigh of relief he was evil and had awful plans for his daughter and wife.
However, this leaves two women stranded in the middle of a wilderness, with only themselves for protection. The very pregnant stepmother, Rachel, is shy and retiring, but she has a strong backbone.
Berry is the problem! The only thing I can say about her is that shes dumber than dirt. Shes hostile, argumentative and an unlikely heroine. I simply couldnt see what Simon Witcher (the male lead character) saw in her!
She also seems to hate men; I cant fault her on this her dad and the men he associated with were despicable characters and poor husband material.
Garlock did an excellent job of using Fain to show how lonely the farmers that proved the land were. In 1805, there were few women in the wilderness and unattached ones were soon married.
After killing 3 men and injuring a 4th attacker, Rachel and Berry set out to find the land her father had chosen to homestead. It didnt take long for the women to see that they were in a precarious position. Rachel (the stepmother) is about to have her baby in a wagon - in the wilderness! Simon and Fain rescue them again.
The last portion of the book was a surprise! In many ways, it redeemed the whole story.