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Jeanne Williams is a master of the historical novel, and nowhere more so than in this epic story of the Kansas Territory in the years just before and during the War Between the States. Jonathan Ware, who homesteaded with his family in Kansas before the war broke out, was killed by raiders sympathetic to the Confederate States of America. His sons serve against each other in the Union and Confederate Armies. His widow and his two daughters, Christy and Beth, have sought refuge from the constant raids in a hidden valley with other women and children. Dan O'Brien, an Irish immigrant in love with Christy Ware, is fighting on the side of the Union. The Trampled Fields concludes a powerful story with characters that come vividly to life in the midst of a time of great emotional pain and destruction.