Author Teresa Stutso Jewell takes the reader on the long, treacherous trip across the ocean while she follows three families as they create the Appalachian culture that we have today. Great read for anyone of any age. Three families leave England and land on the coast of Virginia in the mid 1600’s. Soon they find a hidden, undiscovered mountain in West Virginia, and live secretly for almost 300 years. The reader will uncover this culturally unique place known as the Appalachian Mountains — a corner of the world where a distinctive lifestyle and dialect can yet be found.