At age 16, Sarah Sexton did not understand the determination of King Charles I to raise his standard in 1642. She was unaware of the reasons that Parliament accepted the challenge and raised an army to prevent the King from asserting his traditional powers as the English sovereign. Her life on a farm in the English midlands had not educated her in such weighty matters of politics and religion. She did, however, know that she had fallen in love with Arthur Tweed, the handsome man of honor who served as an officer of the Cavalier general Prince Rupert. She and her family had taken Arthur into their home after he was wounded at the battle of Edgehill. Three years later, when Arthur had been much more severely wounded and disfigured at the Battle of Naseby, the innocent girl grown into a confident woman had fought not to simply save his life, but to rescue him from the torment of an anguished heart. He could turn his back on their love; she would not.
He could run from his feelings; she would risk any danger, ignore the overtures of other men of excellent character, stand up to cruelty of a woman who would do anything to endure Arthur's rejections, and challenge even the King to protect the man she loved and to save him from his self-imposed and hellish punishment for his mistreatment of the woman who had intrusted him with her heart. Against the backdrop of the English Civil War, the story of Sarah Sexton and Arthur Tweed is a celebration of love and honor as both confront the inner struggles that would extinguish a love or extraordinary power and prevail despite seemingly insurmountable challenges.