The U.S. Civil War is in its latter days when General Nathan Forrest forces his way into Carrie McGavock's home and orders it turned into a hospital. Carrie, her children, Mariah, the slave given to her as a child, and local residents act as nurses and orderlies. Carrie's husband John is rarely around. He is busy trying to keep their plantation operating without their slaves, whom he sent further to the south when the war drew closer.
Relationships develop between caregivers and patients, espacially between Carrie and Confederate Sergeant Zachariah Cashwell. He comes into the hospital with a leg wound which becomes infected. Carrie orders the doctors to remove his leg. Cashwell argues against it, but Carrie prevails. Cashwell wants to die. Carrie comforts him.
The review of this Book prepared by Jan Lamers