Ben Pershall, convicted of setting the Hanna mine explosion which killed his brother, has already served five years of a life sentence. He knows that something deadly is about to happen in Hanna once again unless he can be there to stop it and has set a plan in motion to escape from the Wyoming State Penitentiary. He is banking on his wife Wyllis' cooperation. When Ben does escape, he discovers that Wyllis has refused to help him, but his daughter Demi has "borrowed" a car and is waiting for him.
With the police chasing them, Ben and Demi attempt to escape but crash the car. Ben is forced to carry the slightly injured Demi across bleak, rugged terrain to Timberline, the Big Game Winter Feed Area run by Rebecca Woodburn.
Despite the hard work and lonely isolation, Rebecca cares for the wild elk that would surely die without the winter food she and her family have provided for generations. When Ben arrives with an unconscious Demi, Rebecca is torn between fear of a dangerous man and concern for a young girl.
Slowly, however, in that snow bound cabin a tenuous friendship and love begins to blossom. The authorities are still on the hunt for Ben and soon will be closing in. Will he be able to reach the Hanna mine in time to prevent another tragedy?
TIMBERLINE is another example of the touching and deeply emotional stories that Deborah Bedford excels at delivering. Poignant and engrossing reading! (Apr., 384 pp., $4.99)