The Platte River Waltz--Orphans in the Storm by Ken Consaul
Not sure why, but it seems every few months I get tucked into a story about pioneers struggling westward. They always make me so thankful to live today and not back then. I'm pretty sure I would have been one of the first ones to drop at the side of the trail. Give me a well-built highway and a smooth-riding car with air conditioning any day.