Finished then immediately read it again. The story of two isolated families on the Wyoming frontier, 1876. After Substance Webber is caught with Cora Bemis down by the river, Cora‘s husband kills him, then goes to prison for the murder. Facing a long winter without menfolk to do chores on the farms, the two families move in together to help one another survive the harsh frontier. The tension, isolation, and heartache is SO GOOD. It ends hopefully!