Losing her mother to a car accident at the age of two in 1971, Mary Heller grew up tough in the Missouri River Breaks of central Montana. That’s because her dad raised her, and the remaining siblings still at home, by himself. While a loving man, he didn’t have the time – nor the patience – for whining. This strong foundation given by a man who was  born in 1913 played an intrical part in shaping a fiercely independent woman.

However, as life on her own began after leaving home at the age of 17, Mary found that her trust in others would lead her into a world of manipulation and insecurity of her own self by those who claimed to love her. In order to pull herself back from the brink of permanent bitterness, she had no other choice but to go back to the land – and the lessons – that shaped her.


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A daddy's girl grows up in a motherless world amidst the wilds of central Montana.