The official, unabridged diary of Sarah Jane Rousseau and the Pella Company's 1864 journey from Iowa to California from the private collection of direct descendants. Foreword by Janelle Molony, 3rd great-granddaughter. The book features bonus material from the fictionalized retelling of events by award-winning author and historian, Janelle Molony. In the only complete, surviving account from the Pella Company, read how the Iowans face fierce enemies, quicksand, hailstorms, poison water, and the blazing sun. Feel the budding romance between youths. See who has enough mettle to survive. And meet the surprise heroes who restore the emigrants’ faith in humanity. The diary is considered a national literary treasure and is unparalleled in both content and value.