"One of the most engaging and brilliantly crafted historical works since Margaret Mitchell's great classic." Barbara Casey Author, The Coach's Wife .it was about the land. It is July of 1859, a month of sweltering dog days and feverish emotional bombast. Life is good for widower Rundell Ingram and his hazel-eyed, roan-haired son, Hamilton. Between the two of them, they take care of Moccasin Hollow, their rustic dogtrot ancestral home, a sprawling non-slave plantation in the rolling farming country outside Queensborough Towne in east Georgia. Adjoining Ingram lands is Wisteria Bend, the vast slave-holding plantation of Andrew and Corinthia Greer, their daughter Sarah, and son Benjamin. Both families share generations of long-accepted traditions, and childhood playmates are no longer children. The rangy, even-tempered Norman-Scottish young Hamilton is smitten with Sarah, who has become an enticing capricious beauty-the young lovers more in love with each passing day, and only pleasant times ahead of them. .but a blood tide of war is sweeping across the South, a tide that might be impossible to stand before.