Shortly after the Battle of Shiloh, Jed Smith, a Wisconsin Yankee, stands guard through the Mississippi night. It is then he meets a small southern boy and his dog. Warmed by the boy's helplessness and fear of the Northern soldiers, he befriends him and his family and protects them from the more bullying elements in his troop who ruthlessly raid Southern property. This time out of war does not shake his loyalty to the Northern cause, but makes him wish to serve well so that the nation may once more be reunited. A good story told with tenderness, this is an attractive fictional reflection on the war between the states.