Julian Gray, London heir to a prosperous mercantile business, forsakes his future to follow his heart and cast his lot with the Saints. This new city he is going to on the banks of a great river. Can he make it his home? Can he love it the way he loves London? Will his wife, frail in health and lacking the conviction that drives him, come to understand? With little more than faith to go on, Julian leaves Babylon for the new Zion. A detour in New Orleans brings business and success and temptations, and also tragedy which turns his world upside-down.
In Nauvoo at last, Julian becomes a positive force in building up The City Beautiful. But true happiness eludes him until the fiery, red-haired Afton re-enters his life. Enchanted as when a girl, Afton rekindles, from the ashes of her own loss, new life and love for Julian and his motherless child. But forces of darkness gather to destroy the city they love. Can their dream survive cruelty and hatred, an uncertain future, a beginning again?
With brilliant attention to historical detail, and the poetic touch which is her trademark, Susan Evans McCloud skillfully draws her followers into the world she has created- and a reading experience they will soon not forget. [publisher's blurb]