Custodian of the Spirits tells the story of a single mother traveling west with her children in 1857. Like many in search of a new beginning, she has left a life of heartache and betrayal, determined to make a better future for her children. She finds strength through her unexpected friendship with a plainsman who believes himself beyond redemption.
Left penniless after her husband’s death, Fiona Lenihan and her young children, 8-year-old Caleb and 3-year-old Maggie, set out for California in search of a fresh start. Ten years ago Fiona fled the Irish Potato Famine. She has crossed an ocean, why not a continent?
Kier Moran is a loner with a reputation for being the best tracker, best shot, and best guide. As a favor to his aging parents, he is leading their wagon train west to the Santa Clara Valley, known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight.
Kier intends to deliver his parents safely to California then resume his life under the sun and stars. But meeting Fiona Lenihan threatens his simple plan.