As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the Civil War, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause.  His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. 

From Lousia May Alcott's beloved Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, Mr March, who has gone off to war, leavong his wife and daughters to make do in the mean time. 

March by Geraldine Brooks