Charles Henry(C.H.) McColloch is born in an Arkansas cabin during the Civil War. At age 13, he leaves the poverty of the family farm to work in a luxury hotel in Hot Springs, one of the few thriving places in America's chaotic Reconstruction period. There he rubs elbows with the likes of tobacco king P.Lorillard, Cornelius Vanderbuilt's general counsel and President Garfield's Secretary of State. But it's love for a spirited suffragette that leads C.H. out west to Oregon.
Lawrence (Kurt) Krann is a thriving Austrian businessman in Vienna who travels to America to check on his gold mine investment in Baker City, Oregon. Shortly after arriving in New York, he is violently thrust out of his posh world into a hardscrabble existence. On an immigrant train headed west, he meets former Union soldier, August Meyer. A man of formidable wit, Meyer possesses many skills necessary to survive the hardships of the American West. Together the two begin a grand adventure in Baker City.
Amidst the gold, con-men, gamblers and prostitutes,the three men become patriarchs of families that eventually twine into one. Long after the mines close, their children remain becoming the bedrock of a ccommunity in ways their parents never imagined.
As a high school teacher, author Kathleen McColloch has spent 35 years teaching others how to write. During a trip to her home town of Baker City she visited the Heritage Museum and was stunned to find on a recreated Baker City street, circa 1900, her great grandfather's law office located a few doors down from her great aunt Rosa Krann's millinery shop. With the help of the Oregon Historical Society, she began a quest for the facts behind family lore that had long fascinated her. The result is this true tale of three men whose determination to build a better life for themselves created lives that embody the American spirit and the American dream.