By Scott O'Dell
Raised to take where of her useless brother, Carlota de Zubaran can do whatever that Carlos could have performed. She races her stallion via the California lowlands, dives into shark-infested waters searching for gold, and fights within the battles that rage among the Mexicans and the americans. At sixteen, she is fearless--and that pleases her father very much.
Yet whereas Carlota throughly enjoys her freedom, she desires to be more than her father's "son." She desires to be herself, courageous and brave yet loose to show feelings of tenderness and compassion besides. Her father thinks such emotions are shameful, so Carlota must defy him. that would be the main difficult battle of all.