It was in the sultry heat of a Louisiana summer that they came together for the first time - the plantation owner's headstrong daughter, Anjele Sinclair, and the bronze-skinned, muscular Cajun worker known only as Gator. In the secret darkness of the bayou, they found a joy that broke all the rules.
But a love like theirs could never be, and they were driven apart. Anjele was sent to England to finish her schooling and to forget Gator's searing touch. After four long years, she returned home to her beloved South, to a land devastated by the War Between the States. It was there that the lovers' paths crossed once more, only this time, they were on opposite sides of a raging conflict.