After her mother dies, Adaline is sent to live in St. Louis while her father–the famous scout Kit Carson–explores the West. But cruel relatives and her own daring nature soon force Adaline to extreme measures. Yearning for the faraway world of her mother's people, and desperate for proof of her father's love, she runs away and forges her own course through the wilderness. When she allows an abandoned dog to join her on the trail, and to enter her heart, everything she ever knew anout love and loyalty is put to the test. Breathlessly paces, this gritty and tender tale of survival offers wisdom about the scars of loss and the healing power of forgiveness. From the Compact Disc edition.