In this elegant, simple tale of a true incident, renowned storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham reminds us of the endurance of love and the durability of the human spirit. Hiram, a poor farmer, approaches her father, a banker, for a loan of expense money for a journey. The background to Hiram’s quest encompasses love, loss, the terrible human costs of slavery, and the complex relationships between black and white Southerners. Hiram returns from his journey with a gift for his banker friend and a bridal wreath bush. That bush prompts the telling of this story, its heartrending separation, and many years later its poignant reunion.