John Keith sets out on his journey to Walla Walla, Washington, with high hopes of finding his father, who sought his fortune in the West. Treacherous Uncle Ray had concealed letters from John's mother to cheat the family of enclosed funds. When he reaches the West Coast, John finds only the home his father began to build for his family. Though his father is never found, John achieves satisfaction in helping Dr. Baker put through a railroad from Walla Walla to Wallulu and in the hope of bringing his family westward from Maine. There is further solace for him in the love of Kitty Harper, the spunky girl whose father opposed the railroad. Fiction based on fact, this is authentic and poignant Americans.