Their dream is so real they can almost taste it. But for Daniel and Mary Anna Thornton, a comfortable living on the Texas frontier will exact a terrible price. Reservation Indians attack the pioneers who stole their land. Union soldiers enforce punitive policies against the Southerners who so recently fought against them. And disease awaits at every turn to destroy the weak.
Through all the hardships, Daniel and Mary Anna's love for each other holds them together. But now the harsh words are spoken. Daniel leaves. How can thier dream be fulfilled?