This sixth novel in the ``Eden'' series finds Mary during Reconstruction, married for 18 years to Burke Stanhope, a wealthy Southern plantation owner with progressive ideas about Negroes. His association with Booker T. Washington has incurred the wrath of the Knights of the White Camellia, a Klan-like organization. The Knights burn his aged aunt's house, murder her lifelong companion, and kidnap his beautiful and talented daughter, Eve. The majority of the book is concerned with Stephen Eden's pursuit of Eve, his fiancee. Through Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, and California he chases her as she travels with a theatrical troupe. Although a lengthy book, the twists of plot, the likeable and despicable characters, and the vivid descriptions of West and South keep the reader furiously turning the pages of this historical romance. Recommended.Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.