Pick Garver grew up in the South. His only friends were the children of slaves owned by his tyrannical uncle. After fighting on the Union side in the War Between the States, he returns home only to find his mother is dead and the world he once knew has been turned upside down.
Murderous gangs of night riders are forming to terrorize the freed slaves. The war is far from over in the minds of many, and Pick is counted a traitor by his former neighbors. Soon bullets are flying again, and Pick Garver is surrounded by enemies at nearly every turn.