Lee Westfall has a gift she must keep hidden: she can sense gold. Due to a tragedy, she must dress like a boy and flee west to California to join her best friend Jefferson and stake their claim in the California Gold Rush. Lee must face racism, hunger, thieves, disease, mountains, sexism, the desert — all while being hunted down by her evil uncle. Lee is delightfully pragmatic, capable and a pleasure to read!— From Lish
A New York Times bestseller and National Book Award longlist selection
The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times-bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush-era America. Walk on Earth a Stranger begins an epic saga from one of the finest writers of young adult literature.
Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home--until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?
Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns series, dazzles with the first book in the Gold Seer Trilogy, introducing a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance, as only she can.