ISBN: 0441011063

A guardian – not of any one person but of Life itself.

A woman’s story of her escape, with her son, from a depraved husband. Winds up as a traveler of worlds.

Mainly told from the setting of the California Goldrush.

First part was an interesting tale, never dull, of Rosa Coleman’s travels to escape her husband. Second was where the SciFi comes in. And actually it’s about the metaphysical aspects of life. About life after death (Haldeman’s vision, at least). Something about the Guardian saving Rosa’s life, changing history (her son would have been killed). You’re left with a hint that because of that, they have a descendant who manages to prevent mankind from destroying itself.

I’d rate this 4 out of 5.