A novel that hits right to the heart of fans of Cold Mountain and True Grit. Set in 1837, this is the completely compelling story of 12-year-old orphan Thomas Walker and his treacherous journey home through the wide open lands of America. Still only twelve years old, Tom Walker is convinced he is a man. Fate, it seems, thinks so too. Travelling west from New York to sell Samuel Colt's newly-invented revolver, the towns get smaller, the forests wilder, and the paths more unforgiving. When a devastating encounter cuts the journey tragically short, Tom is left alone in the wilderness. The Road to Reckoning is a raw and tender novel about man and boy, and the friendship and fortitude that can spring from hardship.