Nineteen-year-old Ada Weeks confronts danger and calamity along the hazard-filled journey to California. After a fateful decision that delays the overlanders more than a month, she—along with eighty-one other members of the Donner Party—finds herself stranded at Truckee Lake on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, stuck there for the entirety of a despairing, blizzard-filled winter. Forced to eat shoe leather and blankets to survive, will Ada be able to battle the elements—and her own demons—as she envisions a new life in California? Based on the true story of the ill-fated Donner Party on their 2,200-mile trek on the Oregon–California Trail from 1846 to ’47, author Ashley Sweeney offers a new adventure on one of the most harrowing pioneer stories.
Ashley Sweeney is a seasoned journalist, activist, and teacher. She is the winner of the Nancy Pearl Book Award and the author of novel Eliza Waite. Ashley divides her time between Washington State and Arizona with her husband. Learn more about Ashley at https://ashleysweeneyauthor.com/.