The year is 1863 and Natchez, Mississippi has peacefully surrendered to the Union Army. Several homes in the city are commandeered...but not everyone surrenders willingly, especially Shaelyn Cavanaugh. When her home and beloved steamboats are taken over by Major Remington Harte and his small contingent of men, Shae strikes a bargain to allow her and her mother to remain in their home-her mother will cook for the men in blue and she will clean up after them. Her ultimate goal? Make Major Harte leave. Her plan of attack? Make the little things in his life difficult.
Wounded by a sharpshooter's bullet that nearly took his life, Remy has taken an assignment to transport supplies and troops utilizing the Cavanaugh steamboats. He is determined to find the persons responsible for ambushing his scouting party, leaving most of his unit dead-and extend kindness to those around him, especially Shae. Instead of being upset at finding she added vinegar to his coffee and poured molasses in his boots, Major Harte is intrigued. His admiration grows for the feisty woman and her pranks...and he looks forward to what she might do next.
When Shae's steamboats disappear, attributed to the Gray Ghost, a guerilla fighter with the Confederacy, and accusations of espionage grow against her, Remy has to decide between following his head or his heart. If he makes the wrong choice, he could lose his men, his reputation, and the woman who has become more important to him than he ever expected.
“Plenty of intrigue, romance, and an unforeseen plot twist will captivate the audience of this spirited tale; enthusiastically recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review)