Virginian Hollister John Garrison with the wagon train by himself often contemplates the recent war and the impact it has had and the feelings it has left people with. An example is on the train in the form of Stevenson Drake and his wife Melody. Stevenson has become an alcoholic because of the need for alcohol to counter the pain in his head that started after a Union soldier hit him in the head at a POW camp. Hollister tries to help him with Melody who is thankful for the help. Chris seeing Hollister helping asks him to join the crew for dinner. Hollister agrees and brings some 18 year old moonshine to the dinner. After the dinner wagon train member Kempton joins them for a drink. Kempton from Tennessee lost a leg fighting for the north at Antietam but had two brothers killed fighting for the south. Everyone assumed Hollister fought for the south but he reveals he did not. When Hollister and Melody keep meeting via accident, Stevenson becomes jealous and after a while remembers who ...