Author: Marsha Ward
Series: Owen Family Saga #2
Genres: American West
Format: eBook, Print
Date: December 31, 2002
Publisher: WestWard Books
Young cavalryman Carl Owen returns from the Civil War to find the family farm destroyed, his favorite brother dead, food scarce, and his father determined to leave the Shenandoah Valley to build a cattle empire in Colorado Territory.
Crossing the continent, Carl falls in love with his brother’s fiancée while set to wed another girl, but he might lose everything if the murderous thug Berto Acosta has his way.
Carl battles a band of outlaws, a prairie fire, blizzards, a trackless waterless desert, and his own brother—all for the hand of feisty Ellen Bates.
Note: Author has changed the reading order of the books in the Owen Family Saga. This post has been updated to reflect that change.
Originally published in 2002.