In a Mitchneresque manner the author carries the reader on a historically accurate fictional adventure of plantation life and slavery from the Revolutionary to just after the Civil War.
The story revolves around a slave, Toby, and the only son of the plantation owner, Charles Cole. The two grow up as best friends on the same plantation. One knows only poverty and abuse while the other grows up with every opportunity afforded to the affluent class in pre-civil war south.
In a misguided twist Charlie whips Toby and the Toby runs off.
The story follows Toby north to Rochester, NY and how he makes a life for himself.
The story also tracks Charlie (Charles now) through his education at West Point under the leadership of Colonel Robert Lee and then out west as Lt. and Mrs. Charles Cole travel on their adventures in West Texas and then California.
In these travels, Lt. and Mrs. Cole quickly notice the hypocrisy of the northerner officers and Church in their treatment of the local Indians and Mexicans with respect to their bias on black slavery.
Lt. and Mrs. Cole return to the South at the start of the Civil War and in action filled battle scenes, Lt. Cole and his childhood friend Sargent Toby meet on the field of battle.
The saga addresses relationships of fathers and sons, slave and their owners, Pre-Civil War life, Indian wars, Confederate gold, Civil war battles, honor and love in an historically correct setting of the era.
Paul and Angelina are old friends who dated in college, briefly, years ago, and recently reconnected via email. During their correspondence, they realized that they both regretted not taking up with each other back then, especially given their difficult and tumultuous first marriages after college.When Angelina is killed, she is offered a choice of what to do next and opts to have both of them return to when she and Paul first arrived at college and do it over again... while remembering what happened to them over the years. They make many changes in the way they live their lives and find true happiness together. Although they don't repeat those mistakes they made before, they definitely find new ones to experience and explore.