“‘Just a minute there.’ The recruiter stops me as I lean over to dip the pen in ink. ‘You can’t enlist.’
I freeze. Can he tell? I’m wearing a shirt, vest, and trousers as usual, my curly hair cut short except for a lock that insists on falling over my forehead. I brush it away nervously and meet the man’s eyes. I’ve been passing for nearly three years now, but every new encounter stills brings with it the same fear.”
Frank Thompson is a member of the Union army. Enlisted as a nurse, tending to the wounded soliders on the battle field, he also becomes a mail carrier, risking his life bringing news from home and sending letters to loved ones. He soon catches the eye of the higher ranking officers become an orderly and following that a spy, crossing enemy boarders to find out information for his cause.
But on top of all this, there’s something about Frank that is even more dangerous, something that could have him arrested if the secret comes out. For it is illegal to masquerade as a Man and that is precisely what Sarah Emma Edmonds, AKA Frank Thompson, has been doing for the last three years, with the struggles of war ahead of her can Sarah battle enemies, friends and herself and still come out of it without getting herself arrested, or worse.
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