It is October 1, 1838, and John Ross, the chief of the great Cherokee Nation, is looking at his home for the last time. He and his people are about to begin the long march west. Today is their first day on the Trail of Tears. This captivating true story of the Cherokee Indians, forced to leave their land and travel 1,200 miles to Oklahoma, and their survival against all odds, is set against the backdrop of American history at its most dramatic. With bright, unique illustrations and clear, moving text, this epic story of friendship, war, hope, and betrayal will appeal to both boys and girls interested in learning more about our Native American heritage.