Gifted Sid Lanier of Macon plays flute easy as breathing but there is no money in it. The 19-year-old is busy pursuing an academic career when Secession comes down. Sid and his friends head off in ecstasy to join the brief frolic for Southern independence but find it quite different from what they had envisioned. When Lanier’s musical talent gains the notice of Confederate brass, he and his band win transfer to lighter duty. With the War winding down, however, Lanier’s overpowering love for a Virginia beauty pushes the cash-strapped idealist into the blunder of his life.