One day soldiers arrive and take Soft Rain and her Mother away. She doesn't learn until later they going west, but Soft Rain doesn't want to leave her home. Or her Grandmother. Or Pet. And where was her Father and brother, Hawk Boy? Would she ever see them again?This is a well-written historical fiction about a family on the Trail of Tears. I couldn't help at parts to start tearing up. And when Soft Rain and her Mother were taken, I felt shocked at how sudden it was and I felt. . . . I'm not even sure how to explain it. I can't imagine what it was like for my Cherokee ancestors, but I imagine it was hard having to leave their homes. And hard to have to hid and lose your heritage like what happened with my grandmother and her family.This book is quite sad, but a good way to introduce some history about the Trail of Tears to children. I liked the book, the story was good and I thought Soft Rain was a great character.