A young girl survives the deadliest natural disaster in
Canadian history - but a family secret could call into question
everything she thought she knew about her life before the
After her father dies, Abby and her family move west to live
with relatives who run a hotel in the mining town of Frank,
Alberta. Abby keeps busy helping out at the hotel, being chief
caregiver to her little brother with Down Syndrome, and learning
Morse code at the telegraph office.
When the devastating Frank Slide buries much of the town, Abby
must do all she can to help. But a long-buried family secret
emerged just before the disaster - and now she will have to wait
for the dust to settle before getting the answers she so
Inspired by two of her own relatives, one who helped run a
telegraph office in the late 1800s and another who shares Abby''s
story (and her family secret), Jean Little crafts a compelling
story rich with emotion and historical detail.