When Felicity Dare's father and uncle lose their money in a fraudulent gold mine investment, the families are forced to sell their Virginia plantations and seek their fortune in the West. En route in a covered wagon train, Felicity's mother and father die and frail Felicity is left in the care of her uncle. A spoiled, self-pitying child, she looks disdainfully down upon the uncivilized life in the wilderness of present-day Seattle. Yet in it, Felicity gradually learns to forget about herself, and to conquer many fears. A slow-moving story that does not sufficiently succeed in capturing the flavor of the period nor the attention of the reader.