When Roswell traveled on an errand to Atlanta he saved Tom from a nasty fate while at the same time he met the fair Virginia, who was the daughter of the Union General. This is a tale of love lost and regained between two people barely come of age and separated by circumstances beyond their control. They were children of a nation at war with itself and found that familial responsibilites and endurance through personal trials were the only ways to freedom. It is the recounting of a family's courage and patience during the traumatic times of Reconstruction era Georgia. But ultimately it is the story of people accepting and appreciating each other regardless of politics, race or creed.