Jane Peck is a typical tomboy who runs around wreacking havoc with her cook's son and helps her widowed father, a surgeon, with his patients...until she realizes that she needs to become a proper young woman. At the urging of her father's assistant, the handsome William, she goes to finishing school and does her teacher proud, though her father wonders what happens to the spirited daughter he knew and loved. When William proposes marriage, Jane, now 16, agrees to travel to the oregon fronteir to be with him, but when she arrives, William is away and there is no place for a proper young lady to go. What is Jane to do?
This was an interesting fronteir adventure story, but i admitt I found Jane's "airs" annoying, and the plot contrivances were thin. Readers can tell from day one that William isn't the right husband for Jane, and it soon becomes apparent who is. Also, there are quite a few sudden deaths of likable characters that are rather jarring. Still, characters like Handsome Jim and Jehu were enjoyable, and I would be interested to read further into the series.