Home from the Civil War a hopeless cripple and the
master of a ruined plantation, James Sheffield must
learn to live again. But a dark secret eats away at his conscience,
giving him little hope for a bright future. Alcohol
is his only escape.
When an intriguing woman enters his life, James
somehow resolves to make a new start. But, considering
James's history of misfortune, Joy McGuire, a pastor's
daughter, can never be his. She is promised to another
the handsome, young assistant pastor, a man who is far
better than James and quick to judge his ugly habits.
Will James ever conquer the tyranny of his past? And will
Joy listen to the truth of her heart instead of the rumors
that threaten to sever their relationship?