Vick, a World War II veteran, one of the liberators of Auschwitz, and a dedicated patriotic son of the South, travels back in time to 1862 to shoot General Grant and change the outcome of the Civil War. He intends to kill Grant with a sniper shot as he rides with a single aide to take charge of the battle leading to the fall of Fort Donelson. With a knowledge of Grant’s itinerary, as well as of events in that part of Tennessee and a carbine from his infantry days, Vick cannot fail to bring Grant down. But once he is back in the South of 1862, all is not as he expected, and he finds that he is compelled to make unanticipated moral choices.
Charles Fontenay is an award-winning science fiction author and was an editor of the Daily Tennessean for many years. He has painted an excellently detailed and rich picture of Tennessee in the Civil War era.