Rose Greenhow, the darling of Washington, intimate of Calhoun, and Southern patriot, is the type of character on whom historical novelists dote. Beautiful, gracious, she loved the life of Washington society as she loved the gracious Southern environment in which she grew. And when war came between the states, her devotion turned militant and her beauty became a lethal weapon. In this story of Rose Greenhow's courtship, her marriage, her espionage and diplomatic career, and her sudden death, the author presents a side of the Civil War little known to Northern readers. An entertaining and illuminating biography generously seasoned with romance.