Dark Canyons is the story of a family forced to defend its way of life. Twelve-year old June is growing up happily with her scholarly mother and practical father on a remote ranch. She has never been to school, but June’s agile mind makes learning second nature. From her mother June has learned to love books and to question what she reads. From her father she has learned the practical skills that allow her family to thrive on their own. When officials concerned for June’s safety threaten to remove the girl from their primitive home, she and her father attempt to escape on horseback into the rugged Blue Mountains of Washington State.