After her husband loses his life for the Confederate cause, 33-year-old Charlotte Steele finds herself having gone from beloved wife and plantation mistress to war widow.
It’s lean times for her and what remains of her household, and without an able man to provide for them, Charlotte decides she must assume the role. After all, tough times call for strength and she fuels that strength with anger directed at her late husband – who enlisted despite her pleas not to – and the faceless enemy who killed him.
But Charlotte’s strength is tested when runs into Sgt. Nathan Bane, a Union soldier who will challenge not only her newfound need to maintain control but also her vow to hate anyone north of the Mason Dixon line.