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A young Frenchman arrives in Washington, Louisiana, in 1848 determined to accumlulate wealth at any cost so that he can gain the independence and freedom he never had in his own native country.
Marc Delaterre comes to Louisiana from France in 1848 believing the accumulation of material wealth will give him the independence he never had in his native country. After exhaustive struggles against the fevers and the heat of South Louisiana, and against his sworn enemy, his father-in-law, he wrests himself a plantation to begin his fight toward independence. Facing him is Louisiana's move toward secession, which he strongly opposes. When the war untimately comes to the bayou country a year later, he does what he has to do to protect his plantation from its ravages. He collaborates with the Yankees and arms his ex-slaves to defend themselves from a marauding lawless element, the jay hawkers. In the final, tumultuous months of the Civil War, when all is in chaos around him, when he thinks he has safely guided his plantation through the destructions of the war, he has to make a desperate choice when he faces his now insane father-in-law and the man's friends, the jay hawkers, to settle a blood feud.
Book Publisher: Attakapas Press
No. of Pages: 325
Acid Free Paper: Yes