This is a well written book with a great story. Actually it almost has three story lines. The first story is of course about Tamsen Littlejohn. She is a young woman living with her mother and stepfather. Her stepfather is trying to get her to marry someone she does not want to marry. At a certain point Tamsen tries to run away and she meets Jesse Bird.and he helps her to get away from her stepfather . They travel together and pretend to be married until they can really get married or get somewhere where Tamsen can be safe. There is also the underlying story of the state of North Carolina and the state of Franklin fighting each other. I really liked the way all of these story lines worked together. I had a hard time putting it down.