The Orphan Train
James is ten when he becomes one of the more than 200,000 children taken from eastern orphanages and sent out west on the infamous orphan trains, meeting a precious little girl on his journey with whom he shares an instant crush. They’re separated when he’s adopted in Missouri, but find each other as adults, already falling in love when they realize their shared past. Jimmy and Venice marry, have a son and continue to build one the Ozarks’ most renown ranches, a haven from persistent conflict with locals. When racist thugs assault the patriarch of the black family working on the place, James and his foreman mete out harsh payback, but the beautiful Crawford home is burned to the ground in retaliation. Venice’s outspoken activism in the anti-war movement, women’s suffrage and prohibition fuels the constant friction with jealous townsfolk resentful of the power her purse wields in local affairs. Still, the ranch remains a peaceful refuge, that is until stakes are raised to the highest level, and James is thrust into a life-or-death decision.