A story of coming-of-age in Civil War-torn Louisiana. This is a heart-wrenching story of loss and survival; of the bonds that form amongst women and children left alone to face the hardships, depravations, and dangers of war; and of one unforgettable girl's slow and painful recognition of the good and evil that exists within us all. The summer Amrie St. Pierre turned thirteen, she killed a man. With the surrender of New Orleans, Amrie's sleepy little village of St. Francisville-- strategically located between the last river outposts of Vicksburg and Port Hudson-- is now frighteningly vulnerable, and Amrie is forced to grow up fact. Her fateful encounter with a Union captain named Gabriel threatens to destroy everything and everyone she holds most dear. Bonds have formed among the women and children left alone to face the hardships, deprivations, and dangers of war ... and slowly and painfully Amrie comes to recognize that good and evil exists within us all.