The young man is enamored with a beautiful young woman married to a man 25 years her senior. The story however, like other Willa Cather books, is not solely about the young man and the woman he idolizes. It is also a testament to the early days of the West and the hardworking people who settled it.
Willa Cather wrote some of my all time favorite books. Her work is beautifully descriptive and heartfelt. She was a great female writer and historian whose work invites us all into a time long past.