Ann Rogers, like many other southerners at the time of the Civil War, was caught personally in the tension of opposing sides. Sent, for security to an Ohio family, she still clung to her loyalty to the South, and particularly to her hero, General Morgan. And yet her brothers are fighting on opposite sides, and Ann herself is sharply drawn to a Northern soldier. When she is able to see the basic wrongness of brother fighting brother in its national implications, when she sees groups of recaptured slaves threatened with return to their masters, she comes to grips with the issue and finds herself dedicated to the cause of union. As in the earlier Strange Island, Marion Havighurst tells her story with grace and feeling, and makes her readers sharply aware of the vital issues and many of the personalities of the War Between the States.