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As a boy I spent years of my childhood camping in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In particular, at a family cabin in Downieville, CA. (A mining settlement mentioned in the book.) Those who are familiar with the unique pleasures of California's Gold Country will be proud of the heritage and spirit represented in this book. The Gold Rush period of California history was marked by hardship. Countless prospecting fortunes were won and lost to bad luck, murderous greed and reckless gambling. Amid such upheaval, a simple puritanical Yankee patiently earned a living, made a life-long friend and found the love of his life. The forty-niner sought gold and through principles of kindness, hard work and friendship, he found all the wealth life has to offer. The simple beauty of his success, more than a century ago, has left this reader with an overwhelming sense of envy.