Rebel troops are across the Potomac River, only 800 feet from the White House and President Lincoln--but a murderer is even closer . . .
With the Confederate Army firing on Fort Sumter, the Civil War has
begun--and an invasion of Washington, DC, from Secessionist Virginia
seems imminent. As the population evacuates, the President is in
desperate need of men to defend the capital.
aide, Adam Speed Quinn, and Quinn's old friend from the Bloody Kansas
conflict, Senator Jim Lane, hastily assemble a motley crew of just over a
hundred men and garrison them in the East Room at the White House.
Dubbed the Frontier Guard, these rough-and-tumble patriots steel
themselves for the inevitable attack.
But even as dawn breaks
with no Rebel strike, a single act of violence intrudes within the White
House. One of the Frontier Guard lies dead in the oval library, throat
slit ear to ear. There is a murderer among them.
promptly assigns Quinn to deal with the matter, who is in turn aided by
journalist Sophie Gates and Dr. George Hilton. And to Quinn's chagrin,
the Southern belle Constance Lemagne insists on being involved in the
investigation as well. But when Dr. Hilton examines the body, he makes a
startling discovery that overturns all Quinn's assumptions about the
murder. With his president at grave risk from without and within, Quinn
must act quickly to catch the White House killer . . .