Growing up in the midst of a civil war and falling for someone on the other side, when you are supposed to be a grieving widow is hard but Charlotte Hart rises magnificently to the challenge. Married at 16 widowed at 17, her determination soon gets her into hot water, triggering a feud that threatens to consume her entire family. When Lieutenant Nathaniel Weatherall is billeted at the family home, he intervenes to help and Charlotte finds herself facing another arranged marriage. Often opposed in both temperament and loyalties, the two clash, repeatedly. Their relationship is as tumultuous and confusing as the civil war raging around them. When war takes Nate away, Charlotte’s enemies take their chance. But their problems are only just beginning, and Charlotte’s brother Will is now also caught up in the thick of it. As Nate and Charlotte plot to save her brother, Charlotte discovers that Nate is not quite the Puritan he once seemed. But will they fall in love, or will they die trying?