Damita DeSalvedo, the spoiled daughter of plantation owner Alfredo DeSalvedo, purchases a beautiful slave girl, Charissa, to be her personal maid. Damita's harsh treatment of Rissa reveals Damita's prejudice and further hardens Rissa's heart. When Damita leaves on a voyage to Savannah, a storm causes the ship to wreck. She is rescued by Yancy Devereaux, a handsome Kaintuck she once rebuffed because of his race. In a moment of weakness, Damita is drawn to him physically, but Yancy's noble resistance embarrasses her and injures her pride. Financial hardships force the DeSalvedos to consolidate, and Rissa is sold to Dr. Jefferson Whitman. Rissa learns she is the daughter of a wealthy and faithful Christian doctor and the sister of Jefferson, an adopted brother. Jefferson has continued to correspond with Damita and decides to relocate to New Orleans after his father dies. Because of her growing love for Jefferson, Rissa reluctantly goes with him. Now the tables are turned: Rissa is a wealthy, free woman, while Damita's family struggle to keep the plantation. Jefferson, Damita, Rissa, and Yancy each struggle to find their way in the midst of personal struggle. Will they find the love and faith they each so desperately need?
For her sixteenth birthday, Damita De Salvado receives a beautiful slave girl, Rissa, but mistreats her, revealing Damita's prejudice and hardening Rissa's heart. When her family experiences financial hardships, Damita grudgingly sells Rissa to a mysterious Christian doctor, Jefferson Whitman, who is Rissa's adopted brother. Now the tables have turned: Rissa is a wealthy, free woman, while Damita's family struggles to keep the plantation. Will both women find the love and security they long for?
Gilbert Morris is one of todays best-known Christian novelists, specializing in historical fiction. His best-selling works include Edge of Honor (winner of a Christy Award in 2001), Jacobs Way, The Spider Catcher, the House of Winslow series, the Appomattox series, and The Wakefield Saga. He lives in Gulf Shores, Alabama with his wife, Johnnie.
Lynn Morris is a best-selling author, and coauthor with her father, Gilbert Morris. She lives in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
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