This is the true story of Jane McKechnie Walton who emigrated from Scotland in 1850 as a child, sailing with her widowed mother across the Atlantic Ocean. At sea she faced treachery, hurricanes and watery burials. She joined the Thomas Howell Wagon Train Company that was headed west. As a pioneer, she walked, mostly barefooted, across the American plains. Married Charles E. Walton and conquered the famous Hole-in-the-Rock Expedition where pioneers lowered their wagons 2,000 feet down sheer cliffs, a feat still considered the most difficult in all the pioneering era. Jane and her husband went on to homestead in the Four Corners area of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. There, they dealt with murderous Indians, forsaken outlaws and the punishing elements of nature. Jane’s surprising friendship with a murderous Paiute Indian named Chief Posey and their destined confrontation with the outlaw Tom Roach bring her life and this story to an surprising finish. This true story is gripping and entertaining. Tim Gurrister of the Standard Examiner said, "Jane is the most amazing person you've never heard of. It's a must read!"
“…his research is extensive, and the story of his great-great-grandmother, Jane McKechnie Walton, and the mystery of her death is almost as nearly a definitive Utah Pioneer story as any to come along. … I recommend this book to anyone with pioneer ancestors or with interest in pioneers, ancestral or not. We hear so much about the tragedy of two handcart companies, and not enough about all the other pioneers who made it to Utah from various places around the world and who settled and carved civilization into the wilderness. This book is a step in that direction and one that is worth taking.”
- Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury, www.MormonLetters.org
“I just finished reading "Jane" and am so impressed at how you put life and emotions and details into the family history. What a great read!” - Anita Wells
“I just finished reading Jane & very much enjoyed it. Nice work!” - Jim Bailey
“Great job on the book. I read it during my flight to and from Dallas to Moab, UT. Then I read it again this last weekend. … I really enjoyed the book. Be sure that I will be promoting it with every chance that I get. … Mike, Thanks again for the book and bringing the light into something that not many people know about.” - Roy Blake
“I just finished your wonderful book this morning. I found it comprehensive and at times poetic eg. ...sitting and relaxing by the dancing flames at the edge of the campfire's glow. I am a picky reader. I rarely indulge in fiction, so your book was perfect for my tastes. … The book was fabulous. What an accomplishment, what a story. You are truly blessed.”