Sojourner of Warren’s Camp

by Joseph Dorris



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/23/2011

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Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 316
ISBN : 9781462063475
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 316
ISBN : 9781462063482
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 316
ISBN : 9781462063499

About the Book

It is 1871 in Idaho Territory, and fourteen-year-old Samuel Chambers is, in many ways, already a man. After journeying west with his father in search of a golden ledge, Samuel finds himself living in the midst of a raucous mining camp filled with gold-hungry Chinese. Gold is scarce, and everyone wants it—including Samuel, whose main goal in life is to get “lucky rich.” But Samuel has no idea that the path to achieving his dream is lined with danger like he has never seen before.

Samuel refuses to believe all the naysayers as he embarks on a journey from placer mining to prospecting and from peddling merchandise to running assays. But life in the Wild West is unpredictable, and there are those so intent on finding riches that they will kill anyone who happens to get in their way. Even as danger lurks in the shadows, Samuel cannot keep his eyes off Miss Lilly, a beautiful dancehall lady who intrigues him more than he would like to admit. Despite his attempts to balance a courtship with achieving his dream, nothing prepares Samuel for what is about to happen next.

In this compelling historical tale, a teenager on a coming-of-age journey in remote Idaho faces prejudice and peril as he struggles to carve a living from the land and build a new future.

About the Author

JOSEPH DORRIS grew up in McCall, Idaho, adjacent to the country of which he writes. He spent much of his youth gold panning, hunting, and exploring the backcountry of Idaho and came to know of the Sheepeater Indians, the mining camps, and the old-time prospectors. A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, after an Air Force career, Joseph retired and taught high school and coached soccer. He is now retired and spends much of his time actively mining mineral specimens, writing, and painting. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife Susan where they have raised three children. He has also authored Sheepeater: To Cry for a Vision. You can read more about Joseph's writing and activities at or contact him at e-mail: