Fourteen-year-old Ben Fane, whose father was killed fighting for the Confederates, dreams of leaving his nature Alabama and taking a man's part in the Southern cause. Crossing over to Virginia he becomes a part of the guerrilla troops of John Mosby. Here he participates in a daring cavalry charge, which, though gloriously heroic, brings with it the fruits of war-terror, destruction, and loneliness. And while serving, the young boy understands that fear as well as bravery is the birthright of every soldier, that courage is not determined by the color of a man's uniform, and that peace is the hard-earned reward of every fighting man. A good historical background which deals with a crucial action of the Civil War and a character depicted with sensitivity and compassion.