A novel about the Underground Railroad, this has the warmth and reality of personal reminiscences. The time is just before the Civil War. Sylvia's father, a writer and farmer in Ohio, has turned his farm into a secret stopover for slaves escaping to Canada. As the father's sentiments become more intense, he leaves his 17 year old daughter and enlists. After a while he sends Daniel, a wounded young sharpshooter, to recuperate on the farm, and he and Sylvia fall in love. This is distinguished from the commonplace novels with this theme for its vivid picture of a dramatic situation, of the Civil War and the complex of pro-and anti-slavery sentiments in a small town, and of a tense and beautiful human relationship.