It is the middle of the night in a European village as Jacob Schmidt trudges through the snow to summon the midwife to help his wife give birth. A short time later, Sarah Schmidt enters the world—the long-awaited answer to their dream of having a child. There is no question she is a miracle baby.
The Industrial Revolution has transformed life into a time of discovery and inventions. As Sarah grows up, her village also grows and changes. When destiny leads her to marry a fellow villager, Sarah believes they will live happily-ever-after—until he tragically dies. After her path crosses with that of an army colonel stationed in Europe, they quickly fall in love, marry, and have two children. As war looms and her husband is called back to active duty, he tells her his private papers are tucked away in a tin box under their bed. Two years later, he perishes. When Sarah finally opens the tin box, she finds a shocking secret that eventually leads her to a coal mining town in middle America—and to accomplish endeavors she never imagined.
In this historical saga, a young woman battles obstacles, endures tragedies, and searches for lasting love as her life’s journey leads her from Europe to America during a time of great change.