In 1853, Jessica Pratt is only ten when her innocence is violently ripped away, revealing to her the cruelness of the real world. She flees, escaping the harrowing scene, finding herself lost and alone in the untamed Northern California wilderness.
Fighting for survival in the unforgiving territory, each step puts her closer to peril, and further away from everything she has ever known.
Jessica is drawn into the sacred world of a mentor who becomes her family—the mountain her home.
But the nature of life is change, and happy endings don’t last forever.
When she loses everything again, she ventures off the mountain for the first time in years.
Jessica becomes Jesse in an attempt to protect herself in ways she couldn’t as a child.
Soon, she finds herself at the mercy of emotions beyond her control in a world suddenly off kilter.
Will Jesse maintain her new persona for her own protection, or will she let down her guard and confess her true identity to an unlikely new love?