Book one in The Carriage Kids Series of books.

With the Shenandoah Valley Railroad now operational and the American Civil War lingering in recent memory, narrator Billy Washita sets his heart on finding the secret to his past. Along with his friend, Rascal, the two fatherless wanderers follow where the railroad leads — along the way encountering fivemore orphans, each with their own stories of abandonment. Together, their uncertain hope for adoption means facing fears, suffering unrequited love and discovering a future no one could have imagined.