The Knight of the Dixie Wilds reveals the plight of the Southern gentry after the U.S. Civil War. The reader is quickly immersed into the story, following the fate of the Tyler family, wealthy plantation owners who are forced to relocate to Texas.
The human element is prevalent in the narrative; the characters are flesh and blood and not mere footnotes in a history book. As the horrors of Reconstruction of the South unfold, the lawlessness and corruption lead to the creation of the Klu Klux Klan.
Against this backdrop, Buck Tyler becomes involved with the Klan and is forced to live in the woods once a price is put on his head. Buck is betrayed and flees the state, leaving the woman he loves behind. He must surmount unbeatable odds if he is to return to Texas and to the love of his life.
The story is an excellent depiction of life in a long ago era, which I thoroughly enjoyed.