Don't let this book be sidetracked as a regional novel. It is primarily a moving story of one woman's struggle to hold to the faith that is in her, to build something that will outlast the turns of fortune, the forces of nature, the sorrows and joys of an overflowing life. Secondarily, it is the story of the development of the Columbia River apple country, from the first days when a few daring souls risked investment and belief in the possibilities of a new industry, to the days of fulfillment. It is a new sort of pioneer story -- on a relatively new frontier, a frontier that is still a challenge. Sure popularity on the west coat -- but deserving of a far broader field. Compare this with Nard Jones' Swift Flows the River and you will find it has infinitely greater possibilities for general reading public.