For one American hero, war brings the ends of innocence...
In 1814 the U.S. Army is not much more than a ragtag collection of brave men and boys bound by blood, duty, and more than a little luck. The army's commander, Andrew Jackson, has turned his attention from the waning British threat to a conflict closer to home. "Old Hickory" hopes to capture and punish the Red Stick Creek Indians responsible for murdering American long hunters caught on their home soil.
Lieutenant Timothy Barlow has just graduated from West Point, full of fine ideals, long on knowledge, but woefully short of experience. In Indian country, this combination could prove fatal. Barlow performs heroically at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, but when he is ordered to pillage a peaceful Indian camp, his conscience gets the better of him. Then his troops take matters into their own hands and Barlow has to find a way to preserve his honor, justify Andy Jackson's faith in him, and survive what will be known as the First Seminole War.
THE FIRST IN A THRILLING NEW TRILOGY OF THE EARLY AMERICAN FRONTIER THAT INCLUDES THE FIRE-EATERS AND THE WAR LOVERS, BY THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FLINTLOCK AND HIGH COUNTRY.