Cassie Tucker and her family, friends, and neighbors in rural Blue Hill, Nebraska, are all anticipating the arrival of the 20th century, just a few months away. But Cassie's excitement is tempered by the unexpected news that her newly orphaned cousin from Montana, Evan, will be coming to live with them; when she learns that he will be taking over her bedroom, it's almost unbearable. Evan, however, finds a place in Cassie's affection, and his independent, free-thinking ways bother Cassie's father, a preacher, more than they bother her. Evan comes through, too, when the first of several tragedies strikes. Before the century ends, a late fall blizzard blows in and it's a killer, of both people and livestock. Ruckman packs the story with informative details about the not-so-long-ago past, and with a solid cast of believable characters. Along with swift pacing, the book will please contemporary readers, facing their own turn-of-the-century, and a new millennium, too.