In 1861, the Civil War severs Michael Morkan from everything he loves and all that defines him—from his son, Leighton; from his love, Cora Slade; and from the quarry he owns in Springfield, Missouri. Forced to give his black powder to the Missouri State Guard, he finds himself indelibly labeled a rebel traitor and is imprisoned in St. Louis. Back in the Ozarks, Leighton joins the Federal Home Guards in hopes of paroling his father. When Leighton finally frees him, the two are pitched in a last gambit for their quarry and for the legacy of the name Morkan.
About the Author
Steve Yates is an M.F.A. graduate from the creative writing program at the University of Arkansas. His fiction has won two fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission and one from the Arkansas Arts Council.
Published by Moon City Press, hardback, 2010. 349 pages.