A sweeping novel coloured by history and emotion, Legacies is also a glorious love story of a man and a woman divided by individual loyalties, struggling to find one another again in a time of turmoil and upheaval. Diane Parmelee is the belle of Boston, with her choice of suitors. But ever since her childhood, spent with her father's regiment west of Arkansas, she has dreamed about being in the arms of only one man, Lije Stuart. Just graduated from nearby Harvard and so handsome he takes her breath away, Lije asks Diane to be his bride. But, when the guns of Fort Sumter plunge the nation into civil war, Lije rides off to fight for the Confederacy.