A blatant blend of the Civil War, sex and surgery, leans heavily on his earlier books (Sangaree, In a Dark Garden, etc.) for what was a heavily mortgaged plot to begin with. Texan Kit Clark, a doctor, is billeted in Florida during the war at Storm Haven where proud, desirable Valerie Storm is the chatelaine. He falls in love with her, but is accused of the shooting of her rakehell brother Tony, and devious Jason Brent- who wants to marry Valerie to consolidate his holdings- arranges for Kit's escape to Havana. There, Elena Perez, once Jason's mistress, tricks him into a meaningless marriage, his return to Storm Haven is stalked by danger, and he finds that Valerie has been wedded to Jason. It takes the delirium of typhoid fever to clear her mind and she realizes that Jason has killed her brother and it is Kit whom she loves, and who of course saves her life..... A cheap manufacture for a mass market which has already had more than one exposure- but for some reason doesn't seem to build up any kind of immunity.