YOU are a New Englander with a bad case of gold fever. Gold has been discovered in California, and you want to go claim some for yourself. Will you strike it rich? On January 24, 1848, a man working near Sutter’s Mill in California spotted a few small gold nuggets in the American River. This discovery led thousands of people to move to the west. However, looking for gold proved to be dangerous work. Author Elaine Landau poses many other exciting questions to the reader in this engaging narrative.