Oscie was only around seven when her father died. And soon a new man came into her life. Her mother fell in love with Will McLean and although Oscie didn't like him very much, she wanted her mother to be happy.But Will McLean wasn't the only change in Oscie's life. For years tensions had been building between the North and the South. Will told her that change is coming whether the South wants it or not, that their way of life will soon be different. Oscie doesn't want to believe it, but growing up through the war, she learns that it is true and the South will never be the same again.I must admit I didn't find the characters very likable at first. Oscie seemed a little spoiled, too much wanting things her way. And Will McLean. . . Well, I just didn't like how he talked to Oscie in the beginning. But as the story goes on, the characters develop much more. There is more to Oscie than just seeming spoiled, more to Will McLean than just seeming harsh. The characters become much more likable, especially Oscie.And the story is very good. Living in the times of slavery, of the civil war, etc can be hard to imagine, but I think this book does a good job of trying to help a person know what it might have been like. For many people, I'm sure they were confusing times. So much tension. So many conflicting emotions. Adjusting to a new way of life, struggling between what is wrong and what is right. I'm sure they were tough times and this book covers all of that.I greatly enjoyed this book. It was hard to put down and it was a very memorable read that gave me lots to think about. If I could, I'd give it four and half stars. It was a very good read.