Raised in a southern orphanage after the War Between the States, Libba Ramsey has only one memory of her early life: a recurring nightmare about burning railroad tracks twisted around pine trees. It feeds her hatred of the fedrel soldiers who destroyed her land and seperated her family. Without knowing who she is, Libba's life is on hold. She cannot accept the love of either of the southern gentlemen vying for her hand, and she cannot let go of the bitterness that is destroying her soul. Libba's one clue to her past is an ornately filigreed, turquoise mourning ring. The secrets it reveals could lead her beyond the searching river to a land of love and peace.