It is 1858. Virginia Atwell wants nothing to do with moving to the Kansas Territory frontier with the rest of her family. Instead, she chooses to attend Oberlin College in Ohio to improve her skills in her chosen vocation. Avery Wilson, an instructor at the college who, along with Virginia, boards at Drusilla Chilton’s boarding house, wants to become a published author.
With Avery as an escort, Virginia travels to St. Louis for a special assignment that takes her to the very frontier she sought to avoid. Will the journey of discovery the two embark upon end when they return to Oberlin?