COLONEL JASON TARRINGTON
Surly, arrogant, bitter, a product of an abusive childhood. Seeking a means to vent inner furies without censure, he joins the British Green Dragoons — his reputation for cruelty widely known.
LIEUTENANT ‘JACK’ JACKSON
Fleeing a life of ease in England, joins Colonel Tarrington, a man he both admires and fears. A man of strong principles, Lieutenant Jackson embroils himself in a dangerous rush to destiny in an ugly war.
KATHRYN CAMERON MACLEAN
Daughter of a Scottish immigrant family who fled Scotland in the aftermath of Culloden. Although seeming independent and confident, she is tormented by old ghosts and insecurities from a past of hurts and conflict.
Kathryn’s doting, but overbearing, older brother. Suffering devastating grief after his wife’s untimely death, he is left struggling to cope with the rearing of four small children. The sole burden of consolation falls to Kathryn, who although deeply concerned, wants and demands a life of her own.
Her stubborn need for freedom places her on the trail to the Cherokee village of Keowee to visit a renowned healer she fondly calls Anna. Stumbling upon Colonel Tarrington’s British Dragoon encampment, she throws caution to the wind and blindly steps onto a collision course with destiny.
Kathryn’s adored nephew who loves his feisty, brave aunt: eventually understands her difficult choices — ones his father will never accept for his patriotic fervor is an obsessive, all-consuming passion. Distraught at his sister’s betrayal, he will accept nothing short of ‘justice’ where she is concerned.