Adria Starr is a little girl orphaned by a cholera epidemic in 1833. She lives in Springfield, Kentucky, an area hit hard by the disease. Louis, a black slave, rescues Adria and buries all the people in town who died of cholera. Louis asked Ruth Harmon, who had lost her husband to cholera, to take Adria in. In the aftermath, a new preacher comes to town, a widower with a small daughter he left behind in the care of his sister.
Adria, Ruth, and the whole town try to pick up the pieces and go on regardless of their loss. Adria resents that Louis is a slave. She is an abolitionist at heart, but she dares not let others know. Most Springfield residents, including her supposed boyfriend, would not approve. When Louis' owner dies, Adria wants to raise the money to buy his freedom.
The new preacher attempts to help the town heal, but he's got some healing to do himself. Does he find another wife in the process? Does Adria succeed in giving Louis his freedom. Does she marry the boyfriend?
The 1833 cholera epidemic really happened. And there was a slave who gave up his chance at freedom to stay and bury all the dead. Ann Gabhart, a master at making history come alive in fiction, says this is how she imagined the story unfolding. It kept my attention from beginning to end.
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