At the turn of the century, England is enjoying unparalleled success as a world power. One blemish however is its involvement in the Boer War in South Africa. The unexpected death of a British army officer begins a chain of events that involves a young woman aristocrat in England and the ranch manager of a huge cattle ranch in Arizona, U.S.A. Lady Caroline is a beautiful, well educated woman about to become sole heir to a prosperous ranch and adjoining copper mine. But, Sir Geoffrey Morely’s will also gives Ken Battle, the ranch manager a significant portion of the property. Significant in that it contains the water source for the Morely ranch and surrounding community. Lady Caroline has mulled over her father’s generosity to Mr. Battle as she prepares to visit America, but cannot come up with an answer to why he decided on this action.
George E. Smith has worked as a field geologist, engineer selling alloying ingredients to steel makers and as a business executive with profit responsibility in the mining and metals field. Well traveled in Mexico, Canada, South Africa and Norway, he retired from Union Carbide after twenty-five years of service to begin a new career, moving to Arizona.
THE PERIOD FOLLOWING THE END of the Civil War (1865) and the beginning of World War I (1914) was one of rapid industrialization in the United States. It was also the beginning of the emergence of the United States as a world power. Machines replaced hand labor and railroads linked the East and West coasts, creating an intricate delivery system that enabled American industries to move goods economically. The Chicago Worlds Fair of 1893 provided the stage for General Electric and Westinghouse to publicize the electrical equipment that would lead to electrification in the large cities of the East. Many rural citizens were lured away from their farms to the booming cities of Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. Millions of immigrants crossed the Atlantic Ocean seeking jobs and a new way of life in the urban centers.
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