In April of 1846, twenty-one-12 months-antique Sarah Graves, purpose on a greater long term, set out west from Illinois along with her new husband, her folks, and 8 siblings. Seven months later, after becoming a member of a Birthday celebration of emigrants led through George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the primary heavy snows of the season closed the go in advance of them. In early December, ravenous and determined, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes and, over the following thirty- days, persisted virtually unfathomable hardships and horrors.

On this gripping narrative, Daniel James Brown sheds new gentle on one of the notorious occasions in American historical past. Following each and every painful footstep of Sarah’s adventure with the Donner Birthday celebration, Brown produces a story each spellbinding and richly informative.