It is a source of great grief to Alkanah Dyzer that his son Rupert has joined the rebel army. He drives him from the house, telling him that he never wishes to see him again. Rupert's brothers are also furious with him and will likewise have nothing to do with him. George Dyzer, who has joined the Northern army, loses his arm in a battle and is made prisoner by the rebels. While in the hospital he makes the acquaintance of the "stranger in gray," a man greatly beloved by the soldiers. The stranger takes him to his brother and by his strange influence causes the hate between the two men to vanish. The stranger in gray arrives at Alkanah Dyzer's house just as he has heard the news of the loss of his whole fortune. He is cordially welcomed and offered the best hospitality. While in the house the stranger prevents a growing rift between John Dyzer and his wife Emily, who is almost on the point of elopement with Harry Faulkner, a visitor to the house. By reminding them of their dead child ...
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