Magdalena Chabert is a fifteen-year-old girl, living in Provo in 1858. The story begins just after the retreat of Johnston's Army and the end of the Utah War. As all of the migrants from Salt Lake City are pulling out of Provo to head back north to their deserted homes, Maggie makes a shocking discovery that leads her to doubt the honesty and character of her foster parents, Mother and Father Alden, who have taken care of Maggie and her sister ever since their own parents died on the pioneer trail. Maggie begins to have nightmares that contain things that feel too much like memories for her to be able to discount entirely. She begins to wonder who this family is, and whether she and her sister are safe with them at all.
This carefully-researched story takes in little-known, exciting and sometimes disturbing pieces of Utah history. It portrays historical events that changed the face of a town and a population permanently, and made a mark on the perception that America as a whole would have of the Utah settlers and will be released in April 2012 by CFI's imprint, Bonneville Books.