What can a woman governess do to battle the against the rise of slavery?
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston keeps her principles silent, knowing they oppose the Southern Cause. When forty thousand soldiers come together on the fields of Franklin, Tennessee, the war needs an answer. The Carnton home where she is governess is turned into a Confederate field hospital, and Lizzie is summoned to help the military doctor with surgeries and make life or death decisions. Facing these unimaginable circumstances, she must find the strength, even as she fears for the life of her fiance and lifelong friend, Towny.
Lizzie finds herself making promises to the patients she meets. A young soldier dies in her arms, and she promises to deliver his final words to his mother. Then she encounters sharpshooter Captain Roland Ward Jones, and she promises that she will intervene should the surgeon choose to amputate his leg.
Lizzie is a woman of her word, earning respect from the soldiers as she tends to the wounded within Carnton's walls. None admires her more than Captain Jones, who isn't aware the she is promised to Towny. As Lizzie's heart also softens toward the Confederate captain, she learns that his moral ground is at odds with her own. Torn between love, principles, and promises made, she struggles to be true to her heart while taking a stand for what is right, no matter the cost.
Based on history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander spins a story out of the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Miss Elizabeth Clouston.