In "Shanandoah", the scene returns to Virginia. Titus Brannon returns home on Christmas Day, 1863, a little over a year after his disappearance in battle, only to learn that his wife is now married to his brother and she is pregnant. Titus does not accept their marriage and refuses to agree to a divorce. Later she is found dead at her father's plantation and proven innocent of the crime, Titus leaves home to join the rangers of John S. Mosby. In the spring, Will Brannon rejoins Robert E. Lee's army as it resists the Union army's march on Richmond led by U.S. Grant. During the contest at Cold Harbor he is killed. The Confederacy and the Brannons have suffered much in 1864. Now even the hotheaded Titus - who has vowed revenge on the Yankee army that is ravaging the Shenandoah Valley - begins to wonder if the nation and his family will survive into 1865.
James Reasoner is a veteran writer of historical fiction and the author of several volumes in the Wagons West Series, the Walker Texas Ranger Series and a frontier trilogy.