The autumn dawn broke over the Mississippi, hazy with smoke from Yankee-set fires. In the Civil War's final days, the four women of the Tyler family prayed that the South would rise again, bringing their father and brother back to gracious Waverly. Instead, Union troops raided Waverly's barns, and Captain Matthew Harwell installed his gear right in Papa's study. Here - unbidden, unexpected - a forbidden romance began between the proud, beautiful oldest daughter, Blair Tyle, and the handsome young Union officer. Here two young people were swept into thefollies of war and desire as tragedy marched across the land and love became one last, undying whisper of hope for tomorrow.