The Cabin is an historical fantasy, with a hefty dose of romance thrown in (although not romance in the traditional sense of a romance novel). James-Cyrus Hoffmann has just inherited his grandfather's farm, and with it a mysterious cabin deep in the woods on Hoffmann mountain; a cabin he has dreamed about since childhood. When James-Cyrus enters the cabin, he is vaulted back through time to the Civil War era, where he meets Elizabeth, the brave young woman who lives in the cabin, and Malachi, a runaway slave. James-Cyrus realizes his dreams of the cabin were visions of the past, and that Elizabeth is his great-great aunt-a woman who vanished without a trace from the family tree. He also learns of his ancestors' pivotal role in the lives of runaway slaves who were offered a safe haven at the cabin, a station on the underground railroad.