* Solo Medalist: 2017 New Apple Literary Awards, E-book General Fiction * Semi-finalist: Chanticleer Laramie Award * Longlist: Caledonia Novel Award * Discovered Diamond review * B.R.A.G. Medallion Winner * BooksGoSocial Gold Quality Mark Freedom of the press is in peril. Families are torn apart by politics and principle. Opposing political parties manipulate the public in speeches, public meetings, and the media, grasping for votes and consolidating power. Foreign nations peddle influence in all directions to achieve their own ends. The struggle between citizens and government tugs at the threads of the American Constitution... and democracy itself. In a matter of moments, the United States will shatter, beginning the long march of the American Civil War. Harry Wentworth, gentleman of distinction and journalist of renown, spends a lifetime of social and financial capital, exploiting his position as Executive Editor of the Philadelphia Daily Standard to try to arrest the momentum of both Union and Confederacy. To his sorrow and disgust, his calls for peaceful resolution are worth no more than the ink he buys to print them. As such, he must finally resolve his own moral quandary: comment on the war from his influential--safe--position in Northern Society or make a news story and a target of himself south of the Mason-Dixon Line, in a city haunted by a life he has long since left behind? His choices, from the first day of the war to the last, will irrevocably alter his mind, his body, his spirit, and his purpose as an honorable man.