Before California became a territory of the United States, it was part of Mexico. In 1846 a little American girl and her brother were living at the San Gabriel Mission. Their neighbor was a Spanish girl named Carlota. Will the little American girl become friends with Carlota, even though their political ideas are completely different? Will the little American boy help the U.S. soldiers win the war? Or will the Spanish kill all the Americans? Find out in this delightful book! Originally published in 1908. Recommended for ages 8 to adult.