Of the three surgeons who accompanied Custer's Seventh Cavalry on June 25, 1876, only the youngest, 28-year-old Henry Porter, survived that day's ordeal, riding through a gauntlet of Indian attackers and up the steep bluffs to Major Marcus Reno's hilltop position. But the story of Dr. Porter's wartime exploits goes far beyond the battle itself.
No period in the history of the United States of America forms a field so rich with chivalry, romance, and drama as the years between 1865 and 1870, the so-called days of the reconstruction of the South. During this period the nation was born again and started on its climb to the top rung of power among the nations of the world. The heroism of the overpowered South during that time was strangely slighted by historians. For more than 60 years it has remained practically unknown except to a few survivors of the day.
Claudius wanted to be the first man to reach the stars. Maybe he was, maybe he wasn't.... but one thing is certain: It was murder getting there. The story opens with Claudius drifting alone in space, awaiting rescue and pondering the speck of light he can see in the distance. As events unfold, Claudius continues to drift and get more and more anxious while he thinks back along the paths that led him here, from his possibly-abusive childhood to the mutiny that caused the wreck of his mission.