A historical fiction based on a little-known Kentucky feud, it tells the story of a family of thirteen children left orphaned by the feud. In the midst of such a bitter struggle can they keep the family intact and survive without further bloodshed?
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So young, and so familiar with sorrow, Mary Hill struggles to keep her family together in the midst of a bitter and violent feud. Just fifteen hears old, Mary is thrust into the role of mother to her twelve siblings, fearful that, with the coming of each new day, a new tragedy will stirke. At the center of her fear is the feud: the warlike dispute between the Hill and Evans' families which began in 1829 and continues to seethe. By escaping Garrard County, Mary may be able to save her family from further bloodshed, but can she get them all out in time?
Ran's question at lunch came back to her, "Why did Pa have to die?" She couldn't tell Ran that what Pa was involved in had been handed down from generation to generation. The Hill's and the Evans' had fought over land and squabbled over money for years - taking each other to court, putting up unseen boundaries on land to keep each other out. Mary didn't understand everything about the feud. She knew that Uncle Jesse was shot and killed two years ago, but was really too young to understand what had happened.