A young woman not much over 20, Charlotte Frasier inherited the family rice plantation and a summer cottage at Pawley’s Island. In reconstruction era South Carolina, Charlotte is determined to get the plantation back to business and actually puts in three plantings of the famous Carolina Gold rice crop. She is plagued through the story by an unfiled land claim for the property of the plantation. She takes some comfort in knowing the cottage is free and clear, so she will always have a home. The books does a nice job of outlining the hard-to-believe conditions of the south after the Civil War. So many families were adrift and the now free Negro laborers have to find their new place, too. Well-to-do families were refined by the war and are struggling to manage their large homesteads, find a new way to make a livelihood, and deal with post-war stressors. Charlotte develops a friendship with Nicholas B. who has returned from serving as a physician in the war. Like the others, his story is rough and unfinished. The story is forthright in illustrating many postwar hardships. I appreciated the history lesson woven into the story.