|| Seventeen-year-old Maryla Stoner couldn't wait to carve out a new life on the frontier. But the journey west from Missouri took a heavy toll - Maryla's mother and sister died along the way, forcing the Stoners to camp in the mountains while the wagon train left them behind. A few days later, the Stoner men went out to hunt. When they didn't return or answer her signals, she knew her worst fears had come true. Her family was dead. Maryla Stoner was alone ... And so began the brutal winter of 1850, when a frightened young woman ventured into the wilderness.. and would emerge, in the spring, a true American heroine.