Katerina and her family dream of their own farm in America, but dreams are sometimes slow to come. After a year, Trina's Papa is still mining coal in dangerous conditions. The extra washing Trina and her sisters take in barely pays for food at the overpriced local store. With layoffs from the mine threatened in the future, dreams feel impossibly foolish.
In spite of the harsh odds, Trina uses her sharp head for business to save money where she can. She plants a garden and tries to raise chickens. At first her efforts bring hope, but when tragedy strikes, even Trina questions the value of dreams and wishes. Trina's story paints a realistic picture of life in turn-of-the-century Colorado mining town. While giving a glimpse of history, her story also teaches the value of hard work, creativity, and hope. This is an inspiring story of a young girl brave enough to keep trying.