Three years past the Civil War's end, ex-Confederate soldier Kade Jordan continued to fight the battle that he brought home with him. It awaited him when he woke up, and it lingered in his mind as he drifted off to sleep. It haunted his dreams, it intruded on his every waking moment. Day in and day out he fought the demons of his past, along with the nightmares of the present.
People found many ways to bury the pain after the War, some more deadly than others. Kade found what little solace he could in the Avery sisters, childhood friends whom he had sworn to care for until his dying day, content to live a life alone for the most part. Where in spite of his belief in unworthiness, he dared to have a glimmer of hope that somehow a person could love him no matter what his past entailed. Especially in Faith Avery, who had just a little more hope in him than he had in himself. Others found comfort in violence, such as the Ku Klux Klan as it ravaged Kade's home town with fear, and a deadly amount of hatred.
In Guilt's Awakening, Kade finds himself torn between the past and the present. Between hope for the future and the heart full of pain that he carries with him. Circumstances have a way of making him pick the side he wants to be on, and praying that he made the right choice. 1868 Tennessee is a dangerous place, but could the battle on the inside prove to be more fatal than the one going on around him?