The Knowing

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19th Century

Cherie Mitchell

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The Beecroft family embark on a wagon train journey to California. This is no ordinary family as both Mary and Lucy have the gift of second sight. As they tackle the challenges of the trail, otherworldly assistance is there to support them - even through the sorrow of the ultimate tragedy.


Action,Adventure,Biographical,Drama,Epic,Family,Folktale,Funny,Historical Fiction

Short Summary

As Norton prepares to take his family to California, he is shocked to discover his daughter shares her mother's gift of the Knowing. His unease increases when he realizes his wife his hiding something from him - and that can only mean trouble ahead.

After facing numerous challenges and the devastating loss of Norton in the flooded Larambie River, the little family finally reaches the new settlement of Cutter's Mill. However, Norton and other beloved family members are still with them in spirit, ready to support, help and sometimes hinder.


The Oregon Trail /The CalifornianTrail

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Norton

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Masculine,Modest,Obedient,Patriotic,Selfless,Skillful,Romantic,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Mary

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Modest,Obedient,Patriotic,Selfless,Outspoken,Visionary,Secretive,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Lucy

Age: 11

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Complex,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Insecure,Patriotic,Outspoken,Funny,Visionary,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Nellie

Age: 60

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Crazy,Decisive,Engaging,Villainous,Blunt,Outspoken,Funny,Sarcastic,Unapologetic

Development Pitch

Norton Beecroft is an honest and proud man. He loves his wife Mary, the girl he married on her sixteenth birthday, with a fierce passion despite his uneasiness over her gift of second sight. He dotes on his ten-year-old daughter Lucy and the six-month-old twins and he wants only the best for them all. In Norton’s opinion, a new life in California is what they deserve. Mary’s constant companion is her often cantankerous and sarcastically witty paternal grandmother, Nellie Jones, a woman who died some years ago. Unfortunately for Norton, she is coming along for the ride. The wagon train, a temporary community of mixed personalities who would never be likely to live in such close company under normal circumstances, sets off for California. The trip is arduous and long, and the external difficulties the party faces along the trail are complicated by continued troubles within the camp. The wagon train suffers its own share of tragedies and triumph until Mary takes Norton aside and finally tells him of what she has been afraid of all along; he is about to lose his own life and he must promise to return to her side once he passes over. He drowns during a dramatic and disastrous river crossing. At this point in the story, the tale switches to Lucy’s POV as she deals with the loss of her beloved father and her increasing acceptance of the Knowing’s place in her own life. The family finally reach the new settlement of Cutter's Mill and start to settle into a new life out West.

About The Author

I am a prolific New Zealand-based writer with several published books to my name. I write cross-genre including historical fiction, contemporary fiction, thrillers, and women's fiction. My stories all share one common denominator - they are based around authentic, relatable characters who draw the reader in and keep the pages turning. I am the recipient of several writing awards and in March 2019 I was lucky enough to win a trip to the States to attend the American Writers & Publishers ((AWP) Conference with my book The House At Sailor's Bay.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+,13-17

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Cherie Mitchell

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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