They had travelled over treacherous, unforgiving mountain peaks, where savage icy winter gales had relentlessly driven an intense and numbing coldness deep into their very beings. The springtime had been glorious, yet all too brief. Once more their bodies and minds were tested to their limits as they endured the blazing heat, day after day, as they slowly edged across the arid plains. Illness had plagued the family; the children unable to cope with the savage elements had not survived the trek. Had it been worth it, risking all even their lives on the perilous journey? The dream was lost!