Teenager Varina Howell agrees to marry the older widower Jefferson Davis, as she expects to secure the life of a Mississippi landowner. Davis though has other plans and pursues a career in politics, and in turn is appointed as president of the Confederacy, placing Varina in the center of one of the darkest moments in American history. With the Confederacy failing, her marriage in shambles, the country divided, Varina and her children escape Richmond, Virginia, and travel south. All on their own, now fugitives with bounties on their heads, follow the tragic past of one woman that describes the American war and its aftermath.
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