|Pages/Publication Date:||320 / 2019|
Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after the Napoleonic Wars, the Givens family arrives in America in 1819. Making their way to Cincinnati, the children are orphaned, and so James, Olivia, and Erasmus Givens must fend for themselves. Ambitious James becomes a leading businessman, Erasmus becomes an itinerant preacher, and independent-minded Olivia, seemingly destined for spinsterhood, enters into marriage with unconventional doctor Silas Orpheus. As the years pass, this family of immigrants will confront the horror of slavery and actively work for its end—performing courageous, often dangerous, occasionally foolhardy acts of moral rectitude that will reverberate through their lives for generations to come.