a fictional, historical family saga based on family genealogy about
two families who travel west for different reasons and in different
The Crabtrees journeyed by burro and horse through Mexico where
the family battles marauding bandidos and is befriended by the ferocious
Yaquis. Catching a steamer in Mazatlan, they travel up the coast
of California, jumping ship in Monterey, and finally settling in
the Sierra along the Tule River.
Fascinated by the Mormons, Ashbel Post Osborn brought his family by
wagon train along the Mormon trail, surviving Indian attacks and other
adventures they make their home in Grass Valley until a terrible accident
Narrated in vivid detail, TWO WAYS WEST, is the story of these
two families, of their hopes and dreams, triumphs and tragedies. It
is the chronicle of men and women who rise to the challenges of life
and conquer their fears and short-comings to achieve their hearts'