Laura has a huge task in front of her in getting her brother to step-up and get their family freighter, the Laura Rose, back out on the Mississippi. This is the family business and Joe is slow in getting the business back in shape. Having trained at the elbow of her recently-deceased captain father, Laura know her way around piloting a ship. Turns out that’s a good thing.
Family responsibilities are the theme of this book by Whitson. Based on some historical persons, such as the first female riverboat captain, and set as accurately in time as possible, this book brings to life a slice of American history.