Katherine Harris and her family leave England for British Columbia. This arduous adventure turns into a life-long journey for fourteen-year-old Katherine. Set in the 1860s, this book depicts the dangers and hardship of this time period, such as disease. Also, this book does not shy away from depicting the inferior treatment of women and the struggle they had to find their identity. With all of this working against her, Katherine still finds away to discover the true meaning of the golden rose nugget given to her by her dying sister. This is a rich book about grief, ignorance, and self-discovery.