Denied recognition and acceptance by the white people in Oregon Country, Margaret Jewett Bailey, the first novelist of the Northwest, faded into oblivion after an attempt was made to destroy all copies of her novel. Although she and her husband William J. Bailey arrived in the mid-1830s and worked beside well-known historic figures as Jason Lee and John McLoughlin, today few know of the Baileys. Why? Their story is explosive.
Ellie's father believed one should reach for dreams, and before he disappeared he instilled that quest in his daughter. However, he also taught her about secrets, and, like the tornado that raged the day of Ellie's birth, unpredictable and disastrous secrets formed to whirl throughout her life.
Abused by his father and tormented by his brother Regalito, seventeen-year-old Antonio Scaglione plans to sail to America, but jeopardizes the freedom he seeks by taking Regalito's ruby necklace with a Gypsy's curse. While on the ship, he and his new friend Thomas test the curse by placing the necklace on a prisoner in the brig. The prisoner dies. Antonio will spend his life trying to find a way to keep the necklace from killing again.