When sixteen-year-old DeeDee Logan's widowed father inherits a farm in the Ozarks, the two leave New Jersey behind to find out if they can make the transition from city to country life. But Glenn Logan, already retreating into grief, withdraws even more from DeeDee when they reach the farm. She must fend for herself, with only the friendship of Brian Davis, a neighbor boy a year older than she is, and a Cherokee girl, Adsila, whom they meet on a mysterious trail that seems to appear and disappear at will.
DeeDee and Brian share more than the loss of a parent; Brian's father has died, and his widowed mother would like to help Glenn cope with the death of his wife. But none of them know that Glenn Logan and Elaine Davis have met before—or that DeeDee and her boyfriend Brian must find a way to rescue Adsila and her cavalry officer lover from the Trail of Tears in 1834. DeeDee's family's very survival depends on it.