A Journey from England in 1860 takes 14-year-old Katherine Harris and her family to a new life near Hope, B.C. The eldest daughter, Susan, dies just as the family reaches its new homestead. Before she dies, Susan presses a gold nugget into her sister’s hand given to her by the grateful parents of a sick child. Katherine is determined to live up to the virtue that earned her sister the nugget, but her brother can’t deal with the family’s tragedy and heads north to the Cariboo in search of gold. Intrepid Katherine heads after him, helped by her new friend William, who accompanies her as far as his family’s winter village near Lytton. William teaches her his people’s values, insists that she keep the Golden Rose and shows her how to let Susan go. The Golden Rose is ideal for novel studies and social studies programs with a B.C. history focus.