On a mild spring morning in 1884, the ordered and respectable life of Sophia Brewer fell apart, without any warning. The orphaned daughter of a well-established old Boston family fallen on difficult times, she thought she was loved for herself by the fiancée who abruptly broke their engagement. But worse was yet to come. Within the space of weeks, Sophia – threatened by unwilling confinement to the insane asylum – had only one chance at escape and survival. She must break with her privileged background and travel the steel rails towards the sunset; into the newly-tamed Wild West, working for the Fred Harvey Company as a waitress in a railroad restaurant concession. But even out in the West, there are still decades-old scandalous family secrets … secrets and events which might still threaten Sophia Brewer and the man who means to court her, and give her the life that she had once expected.