As the Civil War rages, Rebekah fights to keep her world intact. But it's crumbling around her, taking those she loves, and if allowed, her dreams and sanity along with it. She sets her sights on Oregon with a prayer this new Eden will be a land of peace and a place to put her life and that of her son, Andrew's, back together again. She travels to Independence, Missouri, ready to take the train west, but is denied the opportunity because she is a woman alone.
Matthew battles his way through one fight after another, all the while thinking of Rebekah. The woman who holds his heart. He longs to help her west, but fears his biggest battle lies ahead of him. Will Rebekah open up her heart to him and allow him to be the one to hold her When the Shadows Fall?