Rumors of California gold ran wild. Rivers of solid gold lay hidden in mountain valleys and could be harvested with a pick and shovel. Indians would trade chunks of gold for a pretty scarf or a few beads. Somewhere is a secret lake of gold. On his seventeenth birthday Petr Valory has seven dreams he will be unable to recall when he awakens. But he will remember glimpses of them during his life: the creation of the Earth, the first bird, the Gold Lake itself, the first discoverers who kept it secret for thousands of years. These dreams reveal just a few of his lifetimes, “the red-haired man” Cellini, the Renaissance gold artist, or Agricola, author of the first text on gold mining. They haunt Petr and inform him. Petr Valory is at the heart of the California Gold Rush and the hunt for Gold Lake. He is The Goldfinder.
Book Two of The Goldfinder series. A seventeen year old has found a huge heart of gold hidden beneath a lake high in the Sierra Nevada–it’s the Motherlode. But can he keep it? Dain King is a ruthless killer who captures Petr and sends him down the river tied in an old Indian canoe to scare him into revealing the location of his gold. The canoe goes over a waterfall where Petr is rescued by Paiutes. He falls in love with the Indian medicine woman, Minoah. A bad Indian kidnaps Petr’s little sister and uses her to lure Dain King and his men into a trap. The Indians are killed including Minoah’s father. Now love turns to hatred and Petr ventures to San Francisco to make a beautiful gift, The Falcon Heart, for Minoah. There he will remember the secrets of gold shaping. There he will discover the terrible price of finding gold.