Wild Swan --it is their land, the foundation on which Alexandria and Rane Falconer have built their lives and fortunes. Now, civil war threatens all. As Alex defends Wild Swan and her Thoroughbred race horses, as Rane battles to preserve his shipbuilding empire, it falls to a new generation to keep the cherished family bonds and heal the wounds of a struggling nation.
MORGAN, the eldest son, pursues adventure with the Union's naval intelligence, but finds bitter reality in the infamous prison at Andersonville.
NIGEL, shares his medical skills with the poor, but marries a woman who tears the family apart.
BLAINE, fights for justice, though the world is in flames, and strives to keep his daughters safe from war, even as the raging conflict overturns not only young men's lives but women's as well.
FLORA, the stong-willed daughter, leaves tragedy behind to launch a campaign for women's suffrage.
GINCIE, the fiery granddaughter, risks her life on the Underground Railway and emerges as fighter, healer, and peacemaker.
Here is the unforgettable story of a family whose lives mirror their country's turbulent growth...a vibrant and authentic panorama of its times.