Salmon River Kid


Samuel Chambers must eke out a living on the Salmon River during a brutal winter while his heart is torn between a ranch-hand girl and returning to his life as a miner in the high country.

Salmon River Kid is the continuing saga of Samuel Chambers as he falls in love and comes of age in a hostile world in 1872 Idaho Territory. The book reveals life on the Salmon River from Slate Creek to Warrens during the years preceding the Nez Perce War of 1877.

Awarded gold medal for best historical fiction Next Generation Independent Book Awards

Softcover ISBN: 978-1-5320-2092-6


It is 1872 in Idaho Territory and fifteen-year old Samuel Chambers and his father struggle to survive a brutal winter along the Salmon River. While awaiting spring to cross the snowfields into Warren’s camp and return to their gold strike, Samuel ranches at Slate Creek and falls in love. There is one problem: Samuel cannot marry unless he and his father return to Warren’s and prove up their claim.

When father and son finally reach Warren’s, they discover their claim has been jumped. With all hopes of earning a fortune seemingly dashed, Samuel wrestles with his desire for revenge and his drive to find gold. He reunites with his Chinese friend, Chen, and peddles merchandise in order to survive. He is also conflicted by a dancehall lady’s renewed interest and his love for the ranch-hand girl. With their last hope, father and son turn to hardrock mining to get the gold they need. But it is when Samuel attempts to pack gold out of the camp under the watchful eyes of road agents that Samuel unwittingly puts everyone’s lives in jeopardy. Now only time will tell if everything is lost.

In this continuing saga based on the history of an Idaho gold camp, a young man embarks on a dangerous coming-of-age journey that reveals an unforgettable glimpse into life in 1870s Salmon River country.

A novel by Joseph Dorris

Paperback: 404 pages
Publisher: iUniverse Star (May 3, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-5320-2092-6 (sc)
ISBN: 978-1-5320-2290-6 (hc)
ISBN: 978-1-5320-2093-3 (e)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Additional information

Weight18 oz
Dimensions23 × 15.2 × 2.3 cm


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