During one monumental month in 1848, gold is discovered in California, the United States wins its first foreign war, rebellion erupts throughout Europe, and an eager English gentleman named Benjamin Knowles plunges into love with the strong-minded New York actress and part-time prostitute Polly Lucking. He also meets her brother Duff, a dangerously damaged veteran of the Mexican War, and befriends the unforgettable Timothy Skaggs-journalist, daguerrotypist, mischief maker, stargazer.As they set out on a wild, extraordinary transcontinental race west, lured by the prospect of easy wealth and new beginnings, they are unaware that a stranger bent on revenge shadows their every move.
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"The action of this story races across Europe and America, covering many historical events of the 1800s. While focusing on five main characters, the book's minor cast includes dozens. Narrator Charles Leggett becomes a one-man band. He sings. He speaks English and French. He does accents: British, Irish, French, German, as well as American regionals from Brooklyn to California. He portrays men, women, and children. And he does it all well. Although this reviewer found the singing and some of the accents a bit strained, Leggett is to be commended for guiding listeners through all the personalities, settings, and plot twists of this complex historical novel. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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