From the Jacket Cover
Raised in the poverty-stricken gulches of rural Colorado, Clara Coleman forged her dreams from the certainty of school – a place that showed her a majesty, order, and gentility that had none of the empty anger she knew at home. Clara strove for this sense of stability and became a respected teacher, principal, wife, and mother in Gold Flume, a mining town near, and not unlike, the place of her childhood. It was there that she would spend her life reaching out to children whose hunger for order and justice mirrored her own. But when change came to Gold Flume it brought a new kind of people – men and women who didn’t care about the mountains or the town, who discounted decades of experience and compassion in lieu of what was current or fashionable. These people would change her life and threaten to take away, in a sense, all that she had accomplished.