One God, One King
Men have less hesitation about offending one who makes himself loved than one who makes himself feared, for love is held together by a chain of obligation which, because men are sadly wicked, is broken at every opportunity to serve self interest, but fear is maintained by a dread of punishment which never abandons you.
—Niccolò Machiavelli 1513
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice continues with this modern day sequel. Set in the mountains of Tennessee, The Cumberland Plateau is a story of innocence and purity, reckless desire and abandonment, love and betrayal, faith and hope, and family heritage and pride. It is a story of strong men and the women who loved them as they struggle to become the men they were born to be.