Josie Hart has lived a rough life already and she is just a mere nineteen years old. Her Indian mother passed away six years ago and her father spent most of Josie’s childhood in the mines in hopes of striking it rich. Unfortunately, he’s still just as useless at being a father as he was when Josie was younger. To prove that point even further, Josie receives a visitor from town and is told that her father has crossed the line once and for all and will be hung in Dry Gulch for stealing a horse. She isn’t surprised at this piece of news because all he has done through the years is drink and get himself in trouble with the law. He must pay the price now for his wayward acts. Before the visitor leaves he hands her an envelope from her father just in case they don’t make it back in time.
Not stopping to see what might be in the envelope, Josie sets out to Dry Gulch. When she arrives in town to visit with her father one last time, it seems that he’s rambling on about things that don’t make sense to her. He asks if she received the envelope he sent her and told her to keep it with her at all times because it’s her ticket to a better life. A life that he is regretful he could never provide for her while she was growing up. She says her last goodbyes to him and leaves. When the lynching it over, she gets ready to head back home with her trusty companion mule, Traveler. Strange things start happening to her now and she doesn’t understand why. All she knows is that she must get back home where she’ll be safe with Traveler. But little does she know that her life is very much in danger and there’s isn’t anyplace that either of them will be safe.
What does Josie find in the envelope her father sent her? Does it explain why all the strange occurrences are happening to her? What was her father trying to tell her when she visited him in jail? Who does she meet along the way that she’s leery of, but befriends anyway?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and couldn’t help but feel bad for Josie for the rough life she was subjected to because of her circumstances. She was wise beyond her nineteen years and I felt bad that her father was such a useless figure in her life. When he gave her the envelope I couldn’t wait to find out what its contents were. When I found out what they were, it made the story even more enjoyable and I felt that I was on the hunt with Josie. She met quite a few people in her travels and I could only hope that she would reach her destination safely without anymore distractions taking her off her path to discovering what her father spoke about. Ms. Coverstone penned an emotionally filled story within these pages and allowed her readers to feel their heart beating rapidly in their chest when Josie was in trouble. This is one you should definitely pick up and I assure you that you won’t be disappointed when you start reading it. It will grip you and hold onto to you until the very end!
At nineteen, Josie Hart has lived a hard life on her New Mexican farm. A cryptic letter gives her a chance to change all that and guides her on a perilous journey toward freedom. But, there are others who want what she's after, and will stop at nothing to get it.
Grey Paladin seeks justice after having had his fortune stolen out from under him. He'll do whatever it takes to retrieve what's rightfully his and reunite with the only family he has left. That is, until a feisty girl stands in his way.
When Josie and Grey form an uncertain partnership, they must battle outlaws, nature, and each other while riding two hundred miles of dangerous trail to reach their destination. What they discover at the end is something that's been sorely lacking in both their lives--leading them each to rethink what the future holds.