Sojourner of Warren’s Camp


Bent on helping his father find a lost quartz ledge, at fourteen, Samuel Chambers gets an education in survival against murdering thieves, unforgiving country, and a charming dancehall lady.

From rugged mountain trails, to placer camps, to saloons, to the Chinese miners, and the Sheepeater Indians, Sojourner of Warren’s Camp tells the history of 1870s Warren, Idaho, now a near-ghost town in central Idaho.

Awarded silver medal best regional fiction Independent Publisher Book Awards

Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4620-6347-5


It is 1871 in Idaho Territory, and fourteen-year-old Samuel Chambers is, in many ways, already a man. After journeying west with his father in search of a golden ledge, Samuel finds himself living in the midst of a raucous mining camp filled with gold-hungry Chinese. Gold is scarce, and everyone wants it—including Samuel, whose main goal in life is to get “lucky rich.” But Samuel has no idea that the path to achieving his dream is lined with danger like he has never seen before.

Samuel refuses to believe all the naysayers as he embarks on a journey from placer mining to prospecting and from peddling merchandise to running assays. But life in the Wild West is unpredictable, and there are those so intent on finding riches that they will kill anyone who happens to get in their way. Even as danger lurks in the shadows, Samuel cannot keep his eyes off Miss Lilly, a beautiful dancehall lady who intrigues him more than he would like to admit. Despite his attempts to balance a courtship with achieving his dream, nothing prepares Samuel for what is about to happen next.

In this compelling historical tale, a teenager on a coming-of-age journey in remote Idaho faces prejudice and peril as he struggles to carve a living from the land and build a new future.

A novel by Joseph Dorris

Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: iUniverse; first edition (November 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4620-6347-5 (sc)
ISBN: 978-1-4620-6349-9 (hc)
ISBN: 978-1-4620-6348-2 (e)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Additional information

Weight17 oz
Dimensions23 × 15.2 × 2.1 cm


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