Set just before the start of the Civil War, this unforgettable historical drama tells the story of two men William, a Maryland slave on the run from a particularly cruel master, and Morrison, the Scottish immigrant hired to catch him. William is searching for Dover, his pregnant wife, a dangerous quest that gets him captured twice. His tale is contrasted with that of Morrison, whose dark past is revealed over the course of the narrative. William's unflagging desire to find his wife and start a family gives him the strength to persist in his perilous journey despite the seemingly insurmountable odds. It also makes the novel, at bottom, a love story. This second book from from Durham is a moving portrait of a country on the brink of war.