Synopses & Reviews
On a cold, snowy night, Haswell Magruder makes a decision that will have a profound effect on his own life as well as the lives of all those he loves. A wounded Confederate soldier appears at the familys Virginia farm, and Haswell convinces his mother and sister to take the man in, despite the certain repercussions if the enemy Yankees were to catch them in such a “traitorous” act. Unfortunately, this is precisely what happens, setting off a horrific chain of events that leaves Haswells mother dead and the farmhouse burned to the ground.
After leading his younger sister to safety with relatives, Haswell sets out on his journey in search of his older brother, a Confederate soldier. His quest is also a passage into manhood, as he experiences the last bloody days of the Civil War. Skillful storytelling, well-developed characters, and a fast-paced plot distinguish this compelling family story by an award-winning author.
About the Author
Mary Downing Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her husband. She has two grown daughters. Ms, Hahn was a children's librarian in Prince George's County until she decided to devote all her time to writing and visiting schools around the country. Her work ranges from realistic fiction to contemporary fantasy and has received much critical acclaim for its well-defined characterizations and interesting plot lines.