Jeb Stuart and his wife, Flora, come alive in all their youthful romance in this fictionalization of their short life together. Daughter of a soldier herself Flora met 2nd Lt. James Ewell Brown Stuart when she returned to her family at Fort Leavenworth, married him knowing all the rigors of outpost life, and had her heart divided when James resigned to fight for the Confederacy and her father stayed on to fight for the Union. Following her beloved, she knew Arlington, Richmond, and country places as the lines of battle moved; she saw him become the idol of his men and the public; she watched the fame of his daring recklessness grow from Bull Run, to his reconnaissance around McClellan's army in which he didn't lose one of his 1,000 men, to the skillful raids into Union Territory and the brush at Yellow Tavern in which he lost his life. Their devotion to each other, the gallantry of the dashing visits during the war, the tragedy of their separation when their daughter died, the desperation between letters, messages and meetings, and the tides of the struggle -- all make very real the real people of history. A satisfying and human re-creation.