As planks crack and hammers pound, two young friends explore the grassy fields beyond the construction site where their new homes are being built.
In 1862 this was a battleground for the Civil War, where lives were lost as soldiers fought, the blue against the gray. And while no marker stands today to honor the freedoms that were won, one boy's father helps both boys to remember, and to pay their respects to all that happened there so long ago.
In gentle counterpoint, Eve Bunting and Ned Bittinger contrast the destruction and misery of the Civil War with the construction of a modern interracial community. And they pay tribute to the beauty of a special friendship in the haunting recollection of the Civil War.