In an effort to win back his commission, he must discover the true nature of the relationship between the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Colonial Army. Undercover as a war profiteer, John travels to the treacherous Mohawk River Valley and infiltrates local society, making friends with those he’s come to betray. But a chance meeting with a beautiful half Oneida innkeeper, whose tragic history is integrally linked to his own, will provide him with the intelligence he needs to complete his mission—and devastate her people.
Now, as the flames of war threaten to consume the Mohawk Valley, John has the chance to not only serve King and country, but to clear his name. When the truth he uncovers ties his own secrets to those in the highest positions of the British military and threatens the very life of the woman he’s come to love, he will be forced to make a choice…
Secretly negotiating with the colonists, the Oneida find themselves on the opposite side from their Iroquois brothers, caught in a war not of their making. A fight between tribes could inflame a bloody inter-confederacy war—one Dellis predicted, and one John helped bring about.
While war between the colonies and the King smolders, the punishing winter of 1777 allows the perfect opportunity for old enemies to settle scores, lying in wait, ready to exploit John’s one weak—his heart. And the truth John has long tried to hide from can no longer be ignored, the ghosts of the past seeking justice and karma wanting payment for sins so dark they cannot be forgiven.
Many secrets have yet to be revealed, and a deal with the Devil made in desperation threatens to ruin Dellis and John’s hard-won love. As ghosts of the past resurface, and bitter family rivalry exposes betrayal from those closest to her, Dellis is dragged down a devastating path to the truth of her parents’ murders.
The die is cast as St. Leger and his native allies siege Fort Stanwix in the Summer of 1777. The British are planning a secret attack that will force the Rebels and the Oneida to face off against the Crown and their faithful allies, further dividing John’s loyalties, leaving him on the precipice of a decision: Rebel or Redcoat?