For the sake of peace in the family, Jo-Beth kept her feelings to herself. She and Wes were pledged to each other, and nothing could change that. Not even war.
With the death of her father, Jo-Beth and her family, moved in with relatives. There, her mother makes a living sewing her exquisite quilts and Jo-Beth discovers Wesley Rutherford. Jo-Beth is drawn to him like a magnet and their attachment to one another becomes strong enough to endure a long separation. Their future together seems certain until the Civil War forces a decision that places Wes at odds with friends and family.