1861, the first year of the American Civil War.
March leaves his beloved wife and daughters to fight for the Northern forces. Alone in a country ripped apart by violence and hatred, he sees things that shake his very soul. He also encounters the woman who had changed his life nearly twenty years earlier - Grace. She is beautiful, educated, and a slave. From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks takes March, the absent father gone to war, and conjures the story of a passionate man struggling not just to return to the heart of his family, but also to keep his faith - in himself, in his fellow man and in love itself.