In Robert Morgan's stunning new novel, two young people struggle as the American Revolution rages in the wilderness.
When sixteen-year-old Josie Summers murders her abusive stepfather, she disguises herself in his clothes, only to be discovered by a young Methodist minister who invites her to assist in his ministry. When "Joseph's" true identity is revealed, the guilt-ridden Reverend John Trethman marries her. Shortly afterward, John is kidnapped by British soldiers and forced to minister to their wounded and dead. Josie again dons a man's disguise and joins the North Carolina militia, but is gravely wounded in a battle that marks the turning point of the Revolution. Morgan's story of enduring love is set against the struggle to build a homeland as an age of freedom is born.
"With tremendous narrative pace, a meticulous eye for colorful detail and a tight grasp of historical setting and military action, poet and novelist Morgan delivers a rousing and affecting tale of the American Revolution." (Publishers Weekly)
"An absorbing Revolutionary War novel....[A] heartrending period peace." (Booklist)
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