"From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the continuing saga of two families - the Hazards and the Mains. From the first shots at Fort Sumter, both families are divided against each other - and themselves. Some will experience the horrors of war on the front lines of some of the bloodiest battlefields of the Civil War... Some will give their lives for their beliefs... But all will be caught in the triumph and tragedy of a conflict that will destroy a country's innocence - and forge a nation. "--P.  of cover.