In Hillsboro’town a private battle wages between the spirited Royalist Joscelyn Cheshire and the equally strong-willed Patriot Richard Clevering. Richard leaves to join the Continental Line, and he is captured by the British and consigned to a prison ship. He escapes and makes his way back to the Piedmont where Joscelyn, her loyalty divided, hides him. As the tide of war turns in the Patriots’ favor, Joscelyn is reviled by her neighbors. Richard, knowing her bravery, defends her. In her gratitude, Joscelyn comes to see that Richard is the man for her.
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