Michael O'Fallen simply wants to survive. A poor Irish boy living in post-Civil War New York, the events of one horrible night send him running far south to unsettled Florida and an uncertain future. Promise-bound to a group of outlaws in an effort to escape his crime, their hidden plans for him loom sinister on the horizon. What is it he's been brought here to do? The oldest of her siblings, Anne Sawyer is the one her poor mama depends on. Her papa is harsh and abusive.
Gio twisted his shoulders, jerking himself upright, and hooked a foot around the door frame. One last try. There had to be a way out. "Sergeant," he shouted. "Stay strong. Don't give up." Don't give up. God, help me. God. He would answer. Somewhere there was a purpose in this. But his doubts rose higher each time Sergeant screamed his name. Giovanni Cavatelli simply wants to survive this one hour balloon flight. Never mind the girl he's flying is antagonistic, overbearing, and stubborn.