One woman's unexpected friendship with a plantation slave awakens a journey of discovery into the heart of love, justice, and God's design for all mankind. Eighteen-year-old Eliza Drake longs for a freedom beyond her grasp. With pressures from her wealthy cotton planter father and a proposal on the horizon, her future is already determined.
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With her husband on the run and enemies vowing to reveal her secret, Eliza Drake faces a daunting task alone. How can she bring a mulatto baby into her prejudiced community without endangering everyone she holds dear? Between her childhood friend's wicked schemes, a mysterious widow with eyes for her father, a marshal out for blood, and a shocking murder, it quickly becomes apparent that no one is safe. Her increasing abolitionist ventures only drag her deeper into the fray.
What began as a rivalry has budded into romance. But as Eliza Drake plans her wedding to a wealthy abolitionist, she has no idea that a dark secret from her past could throw her plans into disarray. The husband she believes died years before still sits on a Boston street corner, waiting for their reunion. Will she discover the truth in time to change her fate? Or will the wicked marshal Jackson Reed thwart whatever hope still lives on?