Sassy, outspoken Temple Gordon grew up on a grand plantation, but in truth, no matter how elegant and wealthy her family was, they were part Cherokee. And the world as she knew it was shattering. With gangs of vigilantes roaming the roads, trouble came to both the privileged and the poor. Soon Temple and her entire family – including her tormented brother Kipp and the Gordon’s slaves – risked losing their homes and their dreams. Only one man dared to embrace the future and it branded him a traitor: “The Blade” Stuart, Temple’s reckless, rebellious first love. But no one could prevent the forced march west filled with tragedy and tears. Now Temple, torn between her convictions and her heart, must face her own journey – to trust her man and fight for their time and their place to love.