A hundred and forty years earlier, their love affair forged the most dominant and invincible breed of military leaders for the next two centuries in United States history. During the Civil War, Julia Smith was destitute when fate brought her to Sam Gray, the second most powerful general in the Confederate Army. In order to survive and keep her tiny family alive, Julia seduced the handsome, married general. But Sam Gray was forced to abandon Julia shortly after their affair produced a son. Heartbroken, Julia still found the courage to use her uncanny beauty and survival skills to rise above the fallen South. Her son grew up to serve the new nation with unbelievable magnitude and heroism. Sam and Julia’s bloodline began with one child but continued to run though the veins of America’s most dangerous military minds from the Spanish American War to modern-day U. S. undercover counter-terrorism agents.