Lettie is surrounded by enemies. She has just buried her brothers from opposite sides in the Battle of Lexington, Missouri, in September 1861. The Union sergeant believes all Missourians are enemies and especially Lettie, since Wolfe, her fiance, rides with a bushwhacker gang working for the Confederacy. Her neighbors with Southern sympathies hate her because she freed her slaves and shares with them her hemp and tobacco harvests. As if all that isn't trouble enough, the head of the bushwhacker gang plans to kidnap her workers and sell them back into slavery. Lettie, Wolfe, and the freed slaves strive to save the family farm and survive their many enemies.