"When Robey Childs's mother has a premonition about her husband, a soldier fighting in the Civil War, she does the unthinkable. She instructs her only child to retrieve his father from the battlefield and bring him home. Just fourteen and ill-prepared for the journey, Robey sets off wearing the coat his mother sewed to ensure his safety: blue on one side, gray on the other. However, it is the gift of an uncommon horse that changes Robey's destiny--a coal black horse that becomes his only companion, guide, and protector. In the tradition of 'The Red Badge of Courage,' Olmstead has created a brutually honest portrait of what war does to men and how it allows--even compels--them to love what they should hate."