The construction of the transcontinental railroad provides the backdrop for the story of Colton Rusk, a disabled soldier struggling to rebuild shattered lives in a coldhearted world. Rusk's poignant story brings history to life with the enduring saga of Lincoln, Dodge, Grant, and the unethical Doctor Durant as they unite the country and open the savage West. The man who brought President Lincoln's dreams into existence was Dr. Thomas Durant, a financial genius who reigned at a time when ruthless businessmen determined the fates of cities and states. Here is a novel that proves history does not have to be stuffy. It will keep you guessing, entertain you, and inject you into America's exciting past. There is war, family love, epic turmoil, and perseverance against all odds. Omaha, Nebraska, has been the home of Union Pacific Railroad since the 1860's. Yet, it strikes a peculiar chord that Omaha still refuses to honor the man who turned a frontier village into a thriving city. It takes a great story to understand why. Note: This title is an updated and improved story previously included in Omaha Gold by McDowell. It expands the historical storyline, adds previously unpublished historical detail, and eliminates the contemporary storyline.