In the 1890's, the author's grandparents came from the Piedmont in Italy to Draw, a mining village in Colorado. The indefatigable grandmother -- th dominant personality in this account, was both afraid of, and attracted to, America. San that rattlesnakes and buffaloes would devour them as soon as they stepped off the , she nevertheless found it hard to resist the idea of millions of dollars this wild land. So they came and settled down, she to run a boarding house for miners, and he to work long hours in the mine. Not only did she serve as cook. doctor, and confidante--she also ruled them with an iron hand, doing her almost to keep them Piedmontese, to make them speak the old language, and hold to the old customs. Always planning to return ""home"" to the Piedmont, she never quite reconciled herself to hearing her children and grandchildren speak ""American"". Only when her son-in-law became a citizen formally, did she grudgingly accept the that her family really belonged here. A homey, family story, describing life and times in a region not too often depicted.