During the Civil War, Sarah and her daughter, Melody, struggle to survive during harsh times. With her youngest child lost to scarlet fever and her husband, Confederate soldier John Ellis, away at war, the young mother's spirit is tested. When the battle crosses family land and a Yankee soldier is left wounded, Sarah can't abandon him to die and an unlikely bond is forged in the midst of despair. But when the soldier is well enough to return to battle, it's another devastating loss. As the war dwindles, so does their hope for John's safe return. Hungry and broken, they have endured as much as humanly possible when promise of a new life - and new love - appears on the horizon.