Miranda Amelia Harden is twelve years old and has lived all her life on her grandfather's mountain ranch. All Miranda wants is to live there, but the rest of the world can't seem to leave her alone. She has only two questions: how young is too young to know what you want? and how young is too young to achieve it?
Tara Carter was worried about the girl, though she knew it was none of her business. “As if I don’t have enough troubles of my own”, she told herself, but still it just didn’t seem right, that girl being all alone up there on the mountain with nothing but her grandfather and that old mare she came in on. Once a month, “regular as sunrise” as she liked to say, here she’d come, riding down into the valley with a few dozen fresh farm eggs, all carefully bundled and stowed, some goat cheese and some ba...