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Even before she reached her destination in the desolate mountain area of Appalachia, while she was still in the Kentucky lowlands, Hope Farrell, R.N., sensed that the upper region and the people who lived there were somehow different and separate from the folks in town, who did not expert her to last long as a public health nurse. Yet, far from being discouraged, Hope regarded her assignment as an adventure and a challenge. She was ready to accept the poverty, disease and ignorance and to become a one-woman force to abolish it.
Yet it appeared the apathy of the mountain people might be even stronger than her dedication, and that their resentment against the outlander might have lost her the battle even before it was fully joined.