Following her heart, she locates a group traveling west and quickly learns that even on the frontier women do not have the rights or equalities of men. And even more shocking to her is that the women of the group don't trust her independence, and the men are threatened by it.
With insurmountable integrity, stamina, and willfulness, Nancy travels across the wild frontier on her feisty mare and with a wagon full of goods. She is accompanied by Hart, a love she never expected to find, and Lottie, an irreplaceable friend. On the way she faces starvation, Indian warfare, and thieves, but slowly discovers the true meaning of independence.