Antonia Shimerda Bohemian immigrant and embodiment of the American myth has come to the Nebraska Prairie with her family to carve out a better way of life on the virgin plain. But even for the most seasoned frontiersmen, farming is a constant battle against unheard of dangers and unyielding soil. For the untried Shimerdas it is a tragic quest, were 1t not for the inner triumphs of Antonia.
Though Jim Burden has left the prairie, the easy comforts of New York have not dispelled his almost sacred vision of the past. Antonia is the living symbol of man’s struggle to co-exist with the raw forces of nature. And she is, in his tale, an achingly beautiful reminder of the untarnished landscape of history, the clear, undaunted human soul.