Much of The Dakotas were unsettled, and so was Louis Vallikett. He was angry at God. He lost his job, and with no prospects of work to support his family, his brother, Will, a Civil War veteran, tells Louis about the Homestead Act … 160 acres free! His wife, Lizzy, was cautious. What peril would they be putting on their daughters, Edith and Louisa? What about the Indian attacks they heard about, schools, and leaving all they knew? They pack the wagons to ride to Badus Lake in The Dakotas. The terrifying unknowns are brought to light. Challenges on the trail and homestead are hard, and sometimes heartbreaking. Relating with the Indians (both good and bad), along with devastating natural occurrences and other tragedies, challenge the Valliketts, but they find a community of people dedicated to one another, and the dream they all have in building the town of Badus Lake. This is a heartwarming story of love and compassion, faith in God, and an abundance of courage.