It began with the first shot at Fort Sumter – the raging Civil War. As it blazed its way across the land, leaving death and sorrow in its wake, lovely Melanie Beresford and Captain Blake Townsend met and fell in love.

Before he knew what happened, the handsome Union officer became a helpless victim of Melanie’s sweet southern charm. That it was wrong to become involved with “the enemy” was meaningless – passioin knew no bounds.

But did Melanie truly feel the same way? Beneath her provocative beauty ran a streak of cunning and greed. Yet her heritage and home had always been utmost in her heart. In a time when choices were few would she dare to risk loyalty for love…?