Yesteryears Western Trek
ECKO House Publishing, 2011
Yesteryears Western Trek is an adventure/romance novel that portrays the coming of age of a young man, Joey Darbier, in the wilds of the western frontier during the 1860s era. The story begins with Joey's account of wagon train travels on the Bozeman Trail. The book is embedded in historical background: Civil War, gold-rush fever, telegraph displacing Pony express, founding of Montana cities, Red Cloud's war, mid 1860s forts along the Bozeman Trail, Nelson Story's Texas-to-Montana cattle drive, and more. An Indian encounter results in Joey's separation from the wagon train at the Bighorn River. Joey pursues the captors of family members and struggles to reach his uncle's ranch in the Gallatin Valley. Along the way, he meets and joins forces with Little Flower, a Crow Indian maiden, wise beyond her years,who herself is fleeing captivity from a Sioux war chief.
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