Set in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the final yearof the Civil War, a 12 year-old southern girl must overcomebitterness. Annalisa Gray lost her father in the battle ofGettysburg. Her 13 year-old brother joins the army to helpprotect their home against the invading Yankees. To Annalisaand her family, the Shenandoah Valley has become a VALLEY OFTHE SHADOW of death. Annalisa becomes a spy for theConfederate army desiring to do something important like herbrother. But she soon becomes motivated by her desire forrevenge, bringing her into conflict with the Christianvalues her parents had taught her.