Once upon a time - before the 1860s - gardeners reveled in the rich perfumes and subtle hues of roses such as Pearl of gold, Marchioness of Lorne, American beauty, and Autumn Damask. Then along came the hybrid tea antique beauties were forgotten. Rooted out of nurseries and gardens, the old roses were, for generations, seemingly lost. Today, however, thanks to the efforts of a stubborn and eccentric band of self-taught experts, the old roses are coming back. Thomas Christopher tells the story of the 'lost' roses - how they were created and came to America - and their modern day rescuers, characters every bit as unforgettable as the flowers they seek. In graveyards, ghost towns, and abandoned homesteads, he joins the hunt of the 'rose rustlers' seeking out the blossoms of America's part.