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Newly orphaned by her mother, 18-year-old Esther Chambers leaves bustling nineteenth century Chicago to head for the untamed frontiers of Oregon. Her only contact there is her distant cousin, cattle rancher Ferris Pickett. Meeting "Pick" places this innocent young woman on the edges of an escalating range war between local shepherds and cattlemen, thus forcing her eventually to choose between her watchful protector and handsome sheep farmer Ben Cruff. Of this debut novel, one early reader writes, "In spare, luminous prose, Keesey perfectly conjures the textures, the characters and the urgency of life....."