When soldier Caitlin McKae wakes up in Atlanta wounded in battle, the Georgian doctor treating her believes her only secret is that Caitlin had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity as a Union loyalist and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta.
Trained as a teacher, she accepts a job as governess for Noah Becker, a German immigrant lawyer, who is about to enlist with the Rebel army; when the Federal army threatens his homeland, he feels he must defend Georgia to protect his daughter.
Once he leaves, Caitlin is in charge of seven-year-old Analiese. Thieves steal much of her food supply, and Noah isn’t paid for months. Soaring inflation makes most things unaffordable, and Caitlin and her charge fight starvation.
Then in the spring of 1864, Sherman’s troops edge closer to Atlanta. Caitlin tries to escape north with the girl, but is arrested on charges of being a spy. Will honor dictate that Caitlin follow the rules, or love demand that she break them?
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