The drama of the Civil War unfolds through the eyes of two very
different Northern girls. Lovely Julia Hoffman has always enjoyed the
carefree life of her well-to-do family, but when she fails to attract
the attention of Rev. Nathaniel Greene, a fierce abolitionist, she
determines to bring meaning to her empty and shallow existence. When she
becomes a Union nurse, her eyes are opened to the realities of war and
suffering. She also meets Phoebe, who has entered the army under false
pretenses — and whose journey to understanding herself, as well as the
tumultuous world about her, is revealed with sensitivity and drama.