E Pluribus Unum: (From Many…One) is an epic story (1861–1876) chronicling the lives of two individuals. One a black man, Jason Ruth, born into a life of perpetual slavery; the other was a white woman, Rebecca Billings, the daughter of Henry Billings, master of the Rosewood Plantation, born into a pampered life of privilege as a member of the Southern aristocracy. Two people—one black, the other white—whose preordained statuses in life were at diametrically opposite ends of the South’s Antebellum society. Two people with absolutely nothing in common yet two people whose lives were inexorably linked due to the lust of Rebecca’s father, Henry Billings, for his black slave, Ruth, Jason’s mother. Henry Billings’s coupling (white master with his black female slave), a common and socially accepted practice in the slave-holding South, resulted in the birth of Mandy (Jason and Rebecca’s sister). While Jason and Rebecca are not related by blood, Jason (who had been born before his mother, Ruth, caught the eye of the “massa”) and Rebecca each shared a deep and enduring love for his and her only surviving sibling, their common link, their sister, Mandy. The novel tells of Rebecca’s life while raising a child of mixed blood in the South during the Civil War and during Reconstruction. It tells of Jason’s life as a member of the Massachusetts 54th Infantry Division and his service as a member of the United States Army’s 10th Cavalry (Buffalo Soldiers). The novel examines three coexisting nineteenth-century American cultures: the recently defeated South’s response to the post–Civil War’s era of Reconstruction, the former black slaves who are attempting to adjust to life as freedmen, and the noble nomadic hunter-gatherer society of the Plains Indians fighting to defend and to maintain their way of life.