In a startling departure, James Lee Burke has
written an epic story of love, hate and survival set against the tumultuous
background of the Civil War and Reconstruction. At the center of the tale are
James lee Burke’s own ancestors, Robert Perry, who comes from the slave-owning
family of wealth and privilege, and Willy Burke, born of Irish immigrants, a
poor boy who is as irreverent as he is brave and decent. Despite personal and
political conflicts, both men join the Confederate Army, determined not to back
down in their commitment to their moral beliefs, to their friends, and to the
abolitionist woman with whom both are infatuated.
Willie’s friend, Flower Jamison, a beautiful
young black slave is owned by, and fathered by, although he will not admit it,
Ira Jamison. Owner of Angola Plantation, Ira Jamison returns after the war and
transforms his plantation into a penal colony which houses prisoners he rents
out as laborers to replace the emancipated slaves.
Against all local laws and customs, Willie
teaches Flower how to read and write. She receives the help and protection of
Abigail Dowling, the Massachusetts abolitionist who has attracted both Willie
and Robert Perry’s attention. These love affairs are fraught with danger and
compromised by the great and grim events of the Civil War and its aftermath. Download and start listening now!