Véronique Girard’s mother has recently died, and it transpires that Lord Marchand, both her and her mother’s employer, has arranged for Véronique to travel to the United States. He is honoring a wish by her late mother that she have a chance to find her father, who had left Paris many years before to earn enough to settle his young family in the New World. The last she and her mother had heard, he was going to find work as a miner near Willow Springs, in the Colorado Territory. Véronique needs to find a way to get to the many rough mining settlements in the area. Jack Brennan has also arrived in Willow Springs, planning to settle down after many years of guiding families west. Jack is the perfect gentleman, unlike most who respond to Véronique’s ad for a guide, and once she buys Jack’s new goods transport wagon out from under him, his fate is sealed, despite his best protests.
The contrasts between life in Paris and in the Colorado Territory in 1870 are seen vividly through Véronique’s eyes. Readers get a good sense of conditions in a frontier town, and the rough passages into the Rocky Mountains. The book is engagingly written, and may well be enjoyed by those who tend to avoid inspirational novels.