Mrs. Jacob Klein has a husband, children, and a comfortable home in California. No one knows how she came to be out West thirteen years ago and Jacob, kind and patient, has promised not to ask. But if she told her story, she would recount a tale of tragedy, mishaps, and unthinkable choices - yet also sacrifice, courage, and unexpected love. In the years since that infamous winter of 1846, other Donner Party survivors have sold their accounts for notoriety and money, tales often filled with half-truths or blatant, gory lies. Now, Mrs. Klein must decide whether to keep those bitter memories secret, or risk destroying the life she has endured so much to build.