A new virus the looks of which we had never seen. It started in small pockets in Asia like most of the outbreaks of viruses had come before. It was starting off with just a few dead and then alerts of mass spreading as it inched across the globe. The virus is resistant to everything we throw at it. There are no inoculations, no treatments and no end to suffering.
Karen Cecil Smith has written a fictionalized story based on the first woman to be tried for murder in North Carolina. The year is 1850. It is a time of slavery, superstition, and social snobbery. Exotic and shapely beauty Maria Stafford stands accused of killing her prosperous, older husband.