Sipping lime juice beside the tennis court one afternoon, Charlie finds himself passionately supporting the Rebel cause and pledging to go to fight and do his bit in this gentleman's war' on the other side of the world. The consequences for Charlie - and his family - are enormous and far-reaching. The reality of slavery is a shock to Charlie an even bigger shock is the reality of war and the poverty of the Southern Army. Supplies are short, battles are being lost, and all is descending into chaos. Charlie's escape is not the glorious return of the conquering hero he imagined. And he comes home to Australia with a wife and a child. A black child.