While most Americans predict that the Civil War will end by Christmas, Henry and Francis Mellon are more concerned about braving another winter on their struggling rural Kentucky farm. The brothers have become suffocatingly close. Francis' practical jokes have become more and more aggressive until the night he accidentally injures Henry in a drunken fight. Then, after humiliating himself in front of a daughter of the town's preeminent family, Henry disappears in the night. Only months later does Francis learn that Henry has joined the Union army, and the two are left to find out separately what the approaching war will bring.


Zachary Treitz