Victorine LaGrande must leave the Charleston boarding school to return home to New Orleans to prepare for her wedding. But although he pays charming court to her, the handsome young Creole her father has chosen to be her husband is in love with another woman. Will Victorine fight for his love with the help of a Voodoo queen's love potion? Or will she yield to her attraction to the off-limits young 'American' (i.e. non-Creole) doctor who comes to her aid when she must flee the city after General 'Beast' Butler and his Union forces capture her beloved city?
Can Victorine grow from a spoiled, pampered beauty into a valuable helpmate with the sick and wounded as she travels with army troops and her doctor, just steps ahead of the Yankees?