Young Carter Druse has asleep at his post. The son of a wealthy Virginian, Carter has joined the Union forces, to his father's dismay. When he wakes, he is stunned at the sight of a Confederate soldier riding a horse in the distance. He contemplates the beauty of the moment, agonizing over whether to kill the man. But as a soldier, he is bound by duty to pull the trigger. Ambrose Bierce's narrative comes to a brutally ironic conclusion, but Garrick Hagon and Liza Ross emphasize his beautiful prose with a deliberate style that savors his descriptions of Carter's torment.