Last updated: March 11, 2014
It's 1864 . . . The California Gold Rush is about over, but 12-year-old Jem Coulter and his sister, Ellie, are sure they can pan more gold from Cripple Creek. With Pa's new job as sheriff of lawless Goldtown, and a cousin and aunt from back East moving in, there's plenty of adventure for everyone.
Whether figuring out why Cripple Creek has mysteriously dried up, or getting trapped in the belly of an old mine . . . or following clues into a dark and mysterious canyon, Jem's life in a gold-mining camp is always exciting, with plenty of opportunities to learn to trust God.
Wholesome reading for ages 8-12
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A visit to Sacramento should be the trip of a lifetime for Jem and his family. But something’s not right. Jem's fears are realized when the stagecoach is held up. Highwaymen calling themselves the Knights of the Golden Circle haul away a strongbox of gold. So, why isn’t Sheriff Coulter upset over the robbery? The answer turns Jem’s carefree city holiday upside down. While exploring the river wharf and enjoying a tour of a paddlewheel steamboat—courtesy of a new friend—Jem, Nathan, and Ellie stumble across a dangerous smuggling operation. Then the bandits show up, and Ellie disappears. With Pa off on business and Aunt Rose worried sick, Jem must use all his wits to find and rescue his sister before the side-wheeler steams downriver and out of reach.