In 1750, young immigrant Thomas Gairden boldy rides from Pennsylvania Colony to start a weaving shop in booming Charles Town, South Carolina. He leaves behind his first love Sarah Roberts, who has been promised to his rival, Jamie Lowe. Battling the long arm of the British Crown, French and Indian troops, and the treachery of greedy settlers, Thomas struggles to banish the sweet memory of Sarah, even as he is amazed by the spirit and beauty of "Crickie" Rawlins, Mistress of High Garden plantation. Crickie's father has gambled with fate -- and lost her to the one man she hates.
Their lives echo the exciting events of a world filled with blood and romance, elegance and adventure, where nothing is sure except for the call of destiny in a limitless new land.