Maglia Gardens a beautiful and mysterious place where secrets abound and friends gather, in 1865, just after the end of the Civil War, will become Rachael Hathaway's new home, temporarily, a place of action, decisions, hope, and often, merriment. Yet will the new nanny stay to fulfill her promised verbal contract of one year's service as caregiver to little Lily Davis? Will her fears be set aside when her employer, his friends and staff try to reassure her, or will she return home to Bower Farm, amidst the puzzling quandary of the missing horses and cancelled charity race, the Spice Dock cargo mystery, injury, and romance, as two equally intriguing best friends vie for her hand in marriage? The cotillion at Black Woods Castle may very well change her mind. But will she be able to help her nation, establish a well, her long-time-dream of giving water to those in need, or will that hope be dashed because of dwindling finances and the decision of Chief Morning Star? Where and whom will recover, as America rebuilds in this historical vel and epic tale of hor, friendship, love, enchantment, jumping-the-broom, song, and sanctuary?