Dawn thought she'd witnessed the worst of humankind during the war with the States when she lost her home and most of her family. Mute from the horror of watching her sister defiled and murdered, Dawn, with the aid of her younger brother Caleb, leaves the ashes of their once magnificent plantation home of Fair Greens on a dangerous trek north to find their uncle. Dawn's only positive memories of that last day are those of the tall, broad-shouldered Union lieutenant who eased her sister's last moments. But even in Boston things aren't what they seem and Dawn and her brother are forced to head west to the Kansas plains. How can a loving God allow more horror into their lives? When Dawn discovers her lieutenant, she wonders if even he can save them from what awaits. Lieutenant Austin Andreeson hates the war. All he wants is to return to his Kansas home. Ever with him is the memory of the young woman who died in his arms, asking him to take care of "Dawn." That he was unable to help Dawn then haunts him now. When he finds Dawn in desperate need in his own hometown, he can do nothing less than offer his protection. In the midst of threats, danger, attempted murder, and fire, will Dawn and Austin learn to trust God and each other enough to reveal the secrets of their hearts to find healing . . . and love?