The Scarlet O'Hara of Mormon literature, Nell Baker is a woman who knows what she wants and sooner or later, figures out how to get it! Freeing herself from a bland engagement, Nell meets Tom Mortenson, a Mormon, and is instantly intrigued. Tom baptizes Nell and marries her. In her heart, Nell doesn't believe much of what Tom preaches, but she does believe in her love for him and his love for her. What begins as youthful flirtation blossoms into full, mature love through separation, sacrifice, and many unforeseen hardships. As Tom follows Brigham Young to the valley of the Great Salt Lake, Nell grapples with her unforgiving family, a new baby and her longings to be taken care of by a now-absent husband. Finally, reaching a point of no return-the Jumping Off Place-Nell loads up her covered wagon, and heads west, with two rough guides, a nanny goat, and her small daughter. Book jacket.