A young Canadian woman escapes her abusive father by disguising herself as a man and seeking refuge in the United States, a country about to be torn apart by civil war. Though able to claim neutrality as a foreigner, she finds it impossible to turn her back on an enslaved people and risks everything to continue her masquerade and join the fight to free them. As a Union soldier, she learns that neither the constant fear of being unmasked nor the danger she faces under fire can compare to the unrelenting peril she must endure as a spy behind Confederate lines. But when her lover is captured and imprisoned, she learns that love can drive her to take even greater risks.
From the Author
As a native of New England, I, like many Americans, have 19th century family members who fought on both sides of the Civil War, including my paternal great-great-grandfather who served with Company E, 6th Massachusetts Militia Infantry. Another of my great-great-grandfathers was a "Bluenose" sea captain from Windsor, Nova Scotia. As I have Canadian progenitors, I began researching Canadian involvement in the Civil War after several trips to the Gettysburg National Battlefield in Pennsylvania. It was during the research that I came across the story of Sarah Emma Edmonds. I was quite surprised that she had disguised herself as a man in order to fight for the Union. Even more astounding was that Edmonds was one of 400-550 women who did so AND she was a foreigner, one of between 40,000-55,000 Canadians who joined the fight.
Given that I'd been studying the war for some time, yet wasn't aware of the role 'distaff soldiers' or Canadians had played in the conflict, it was clear to me that I wasn't alone. I felt compelled to write the book in order to honor Edmonds and the women like her as well as the Canadians who came south to help shape our history.