Rife with poverty and depravation, the logging camp where sixteen-year-old Linnie Bede lives with her family breeds igrance-and plenty of unwanted children. Families struggle to get by day-to-day, laboring away for the wealthy and powerful Strom family, who deeply oppose labor organizations. When Linnie meets people from outside her world who tell her that life doesn't have to be this way-that people are entitled to fair wages, good work conditions, and control over their own bodies and futures-she's captivated and dedicates her life to helping people in her community improve their means, station, and futures. Life is t kind, easy, or predictable in the early nineteenth century, however, and all manner of roadblocks surface to detour young Linnie from her work. She faces the death of loved ones, a forced and unhappy marriage, social scorn and threats, and even incarceration in her pursuit to make birth control available to women. Through it all, Linnie perseveres to emerge as a strong-willed woman, proud to be a flume tender's daughter and committed to her work within the logging communities of the Pacific Northwest.
A native and lifelong resident of Oregon, Deb Mohr studied anthropology and Russian culture at the University of Oregon. In 2012 Mohr won the National Gold Award in feature writing from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education for her essay entitled Cross Burning at Gamma Phi Beta. She is the recipient of other national awards from the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, the Dana Award, and the William Van Wert fiction competition. Mohr is married and has two grown daughters.