“That was the year we had no food.”
It’s the spring of 1864‚ and times are hard in Washington County‚ Arkansas‚ especially for thirteen-year-old Travis Ford. He hasn’t heard from his father‚ a sergeant in the 2nd Arkansas Cavalry‚ in months. His mother is struggling to make ends meet on the family farm and abandoned sawmill near Poison Spring. All Travis really wants to do is to follow his passion — make up adventure stories in the style of Alexandre Dumas.
But the Civil War keeps getting in his way. Since his mother hails from Illinois and has Abolitionist leanings‚ the Ford family — including Travis’s twin sister‚ Edith‚ and their seven-year-old brother‚ Baby Hugh — has few friends to turn to for help‚ only eccentric Miss Mary Frederick‚ who owns a cotton plantation down the road‚ and Uncle Willard Ford‚ a slave trader in nearby Camden.
For the most part‚ Anna Louella Ford and her children find themselves alone‚ and they are about to become even more isolated.
This product is part of:
Five Star Westerns are standard print, first editions from top Western writers. The majority are brand new manuscripts from the best contemporary writers; a few are serials from magazine publications of many years ago, and -- occasionally -- we find an unpublished manuscript from some of the classic Western writers of a bygone era. Five Star consistently brings you the best quality writing the genre has to offer. Five Star Western authors have won numerous awards including the National Cowboy Hall of Fame's Western Heritage Award, Levi Strauss' Golden Saddleman Award, the Spur Award from Western Writers of America and many regional awards as well. The Western genre is not dead! The Western story is the American story. There's a morality and a certain nobility in Westerns, not consistently found in other genres. Westerns are much more than guns and horses. Strong characters and a strong sense of place and time characterize all our Five Star Western titles. Five Star publishes the best Westerns available today by the top writers of both the present and past. All are published in our durable library edition hardcover format. Actual covers may be different from those shown.