Annie May Parker declares herself “a simple farm girl who lives near the town of Baldwinsville in central New York.” But, she is much more---she’s the smart, lovable, rock-solid heart and soul of her close-knit family, on her way to fulfilling her dream of making a difference in the world. Life in the 1950s on the Parker farm is near idyllic for young Annie. As the middle sibling between her boy-crazy sister Carrie and little brother Georgie, freckle-faced Annie is growing up as the responsible one, wise beyond her years. But, not until she discovers a trove of dusty journals in the attic does she learn of ancestors whose acts of bravery and sacrifice assured a better life for her—a Civil War soldier, an English indentured servant, a half-Native American girl torn between cultures, and an alluring gypsy girl who travels the land with her crystal ball. Centuries later she is determined to make them proud as she begins her career in turbulent times. But, the arrival of an unexpected letter and photo send Annie halfway around the world to life she never could have imagined. Once again award-winning author Jan Surasky has created an affecting, richly textured and keenly observed novel, with a memorable heroine to admire, love, and believe in.