A far cry from her earlier So Thick the Fog and Her Husband's House, this story of Jacksonville, Florida, boom town of the Reconstruction era, when every was labelled ""carpetbagger"" --and when some Southerners fattened on the flesh of , and others hid even from themselves, in memories of the past. One of the sort was Tolliver, who used the misfortunes of his fellows to line his bags. He acquired the Morgan plantation; he held the freedmen in bondage of debt, he sold government supplies through a ""front""; he used chain gangs as wor and as threats, he bought his henchmen at his own price. Caught in this vi Rider, ostensibly head of the Freedman's Bureau, and his daughter Kate, by the promise of Valhalla, only to find herself bound to a chiseller and the love she'd denied Michael Bourne was unfulfilled. A gripping and unp of a shameful period, when people on both sides were blinded by hate. A rea well told, and with consistently sustained objectivity.