Lee's surrender didn't mean the ned of the War for Crawford Gauntley, but rather the beginning of a personal vendetta against the Federal occupation troups in his home territory. Crawford found others inflamed with the same hatred including, as he thought, his nephew and companion in arms Lyle. But stronger than Lyle's hatred was his desire to resurrect the war-ravaged land, and Crawford left him at home on what turned out to be the last raid. Gauntley and his seven companions were hung without trial and after a futile rescue attempt, Lyle returned to his home and the fields waiting to be plowed and planted. And interesting and potentially effective short novel of the Civil War is spoiled by unsympathetic (to anyone but an unreconstructed Southerner) characters and an unnecessarily terse and emotionless tone and style.