Micah Bradford, along with his twin brother Dake, is serving in the Continental Army as a dispatcher for General Washington, when he meets and falls in love with Sarah Dennison, a young woman whose parents demand that she marry a wealthy middle-aged suitor. Micah is determined to prove his love and save her from her fate, despite Sarah's loyalty to her parent's wishes. His life is complicated when he is forced to become a protector of another young woman named Keturah Burns, who has suffered much hardship and carries a bad reputation as a camp follower.The Continental Army flees across New Jersey in the dead of winter after its defeat at New York. With his ragged and starving army near collapse, and facing increasing numbers of deserters, George Washington holds his remaining troops together by the sheer force of his personality. Across the ice-filled Delaware River the British Army confidently expects to deliver the final death blow to the patriot cause.Deeply troubled by the apparent loss in the struggle for independence of the young nation, Micah is also torn between the two young women and God's call on his life. With both the nation and his life in peril, how will he determine where his loyalties lie?