After 2 children's parent's are murdered on their way to Marble, Colorado, the mayor and city council will hold a meeting where all interested families can “Plead their case” as to why they would be the best family to provide the 2 children with a loving home.
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Sometimes Life Can Be Cruel! is a 183 page story about Arnold and Bonnie Brown; who with their two children, Cassandra, “Cassie”, age 14 and Autumn, almost 5 years old traveled by covered wagon from Independence, Missouri on their way to Marble, Colorado in 1897. A rancher by the name of Eddie Field’s loved to prey on pioneer families by “Switching” a sign on the main road; to lead folk’s in covered wagons to his ranch.
After taking that wrong turn; Arnold and his wife find themselves at his ranch at dusk. Arnold asks the man if they can spend the night; but that was a tragic mistake. Eddie kills Arnold and his wife; before beating “Cassie” savagely. As the killer carries Autumn towards his cabin; “Cassie” shoots the man with her pa’s pistol, but doesn’t kill him. Filled with terror; she picks up her baby sister and runs for the forest before she’s shot in the arm.
After 3 days; they’re starving; scared to death after living on nuts and berries. Finally “Cassie” and her sister reach a main road. A couple on their way to Marble; spot the 2 children on a road. They’re taken to Marble; so a home for the children can be found. The mayor and city council will hold a meeting where all interested families can “Plead their case” as to why they would be the best family to provide the 2 children with a loving home.