Ben is away at school when his father mysteriously falls ill in the spring of 1855. With no adults to help, he and his brother and sister must take over the family farm in Oregon Territory's rugged Willamette Valley. Despite his siblings' doubts, Ben is determined to build the barn Father had planned, in the hope of waking him from his silent, frozen state. But will it be enough?
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- ! "From THE BARN
\tIt was dark when Harrison pronounced the barn complete.
Father had long since been put to bed inside the house. So we three stood in the
faint glow from the door and looked at what we had built. It was nothing much to
look at and probably not truly square. Yet it was bigger than anything we had done
before. It seemed to say, \"We are here. We will stay.\""