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Wade is a young boy born during the Civil War. As he grows, he learns about life, love, and strength.
Wade Hampton Hamilton is the unsung hero in a classic American novel. A child conceived at the onset of civil distress, he struggles to overcome the trauma of soldiers, abandonment, and near starvation. When his mother disposes of him at Tara, he finds solitude in the land, but he is soon thrust into manhood when he protects his friend from her abusive father. As he follows her across the country to save her from mistreatment, he battles the forces of nature in the Wild West, the wiles of a scorned woman, and his intense desire to maintain his integrity. Bearing the scars of loss and lies, he discovers his ability to break free from the hold of his tormented past, his manipulative mother, and the forces of iniquity that work against him. Still, he searches for peace, forgiveness, and the strength to survive.
Wade entreated Silver to return to Emily, but he was fretful, aware
of the power of the frightened herd, and Wade had to dismount,
knowing Silver would make it to the other side. He swam to Emily,
avoiding the long, sharp horns surrounding him. He wrapped his
arms around her as she tried to fight him off. Even in the throws of
death, she could not let go of her pride, and she fought him until her
strength was spent.