Callie McGregor is a young pioneer woman determined to survive the Indian massacres,prairie wildfires, droughts and blizzards of the Montana Territory and help settle the west. Her journals bring to life the men and women who endured these problems and more,transporting readers to a time long gone. A ragged old man leaves a Christmas gift Callie will never forget. A dying mother tries to drown her children rather than leave them as phans. These stories and more leap from the pages of Callie's journals, finally teaching that it's not what who wins that race that really matters, but how you run.