When Elijah Whipple, an Abolitionist, brought his Quaker family into post-Civil-War Alabama, good intentions were not enough to keep peace. Colonel Holiday defended the Whipple family and championed their right to own Pemberton, the estate which they purchased. But Clay McIver could not accept the idea of co-existence. Pru Whipple, Elijah's dauther, filled her days teaching school. And Ranny McIver, Clay's brother, found Pru's courage admirable. Burning and murder erupted before the peaceful hopes of the Quaker family could be realized. A strong portrait of the bitter after taste of the Civil War is appropriate for supplementary reading in conjunction with high school study of the period.