The boy who left to fight for the Confederate army twenty
years ago had been a trusting fool. He had trusted the girl
who promised to wait for him. He had trusted the friend who
betrayed him. Now he has come home to Alabama to avenge
what they stole from him: his heart, his soul, his world.
Laurette Howard, too, lost her innocence in the cruelest of
ways -- with news that the boy she loved had died in the
war. After a loveless marriage, she contented herself with
caring for the sick, knowing her own heart could not be
Then Sutton Vane arrived in Mobile, shattering her
composure, releasing the wanton, passionate woman that had
been locked away. She surrendered totally to a passion so
scandalous, it could only be destiny . . . But was it a
passion calculated to destroy her . . . Or to deliver the
sweet promise of a love that refused to die?