They came -- hoping to make a fortune and go back to France, but the lure of the new West got into their blood and they stayed. This is the story of what happened. It was in the days of New Orleans' shift back and forth from one national to another. It was the days when gold was over the horizon. And the father went West, hoping to bring back riches, while his little family found each their own place in the community, and their own love. The boy who is the central character is about thirteen and gets started in metal work, while the girls and their mother start a dressmaking establishment. Gentle, pleasant story, with not too much plot or incident, but delightful atmosphere.