The Battle of Chickamauga, a major battle in the Civil War, takes place in Walker County, GA, where the Union suffers a loss. Later lead by General William T. Sherman, the Union will cut a path through Georgia, from Atlanta all the way to Savannah.
Sometime after Chickamauga, a group of men who have served under then General James A. Garfield, will come back through the area. In the process, a skirmish occurs between a small group of soldiers that ends with James Rankin (of the Union) stabbing Henry Cozart (of the Confederacy) in the head with his saber. While the facts of the incident our only known to the soldiers involved, the story becomes a legend in the area and will one day be portrayed on the town’s seal.
James Rankin returns to the area, along with three of his fellow soldiers: Nathaniel Wheeler, Patrick McMillon, and William Lovett. Legend has it that James fell in love with a girl in the area while travelling through. James Rankin and this would eventually marry and start a family. His friends would do so as well, starting what would later be called "The Founding Families."
Using their contacts from up North, the four men would begin to integrate with the community, not without some difficulty, and help people rebuild the area into a functioning town. After the assassination of President James A. Garfield in 1881, the men who served under him name the new town Garfield’s Crossing in his honor.
Unable to forgive the death of Henry Cozart, his family harbors a deep hatred for James Rankin and any of his kin. A feud develops that lasts even to the present day.
(A Companion Of Fools) On a dark night at the end of summer, local authorities are called to an abandoned graveyard on the edge of town in an incident where the lives of several teenagers are changed forever.
Samuel Houston Blaylock, a Navy Veteran & blacksmith, moves to town to be with his girlfriend Jamie Sanders (a native to the area). While scouting the area for land to open a business, he sees a young man being bullied a group of boys. He intervenes, saving the young man who turns out to be Seth Rankin, who is a member of one of the Founding Families. To show is gratitude, Seth’s father, Keith, invests in Blaylock’s business allowing him to start up Blaylock’s Ironworks. Sam builds a home and a shop on the northwest side of town, past the river.
Abernathy Jackson, a former U.S. Marine, moves to Garfield’s Crossing from Atlanta, where he worked as an officer both in S.W.A.T. and the gang task force.
(The Ghost of Red Line Road) Devon Traeger, a young woman from Atlanta, comes to town to investigate one of town’s most famous legends.
(Moses Jones and The Meal Ticket) After years spent seemingly stranded in Garfield’s Crossing, a blues musician has a fateful encounter that could change the way he sees his wayward travels.
(The Gods Are Always At The Gates) Sheriff Jackson answers a call for a man screaming about demons, leading him to an investigation that quickly becomes dangerous to everyone involved.
(Dead End) After her mother dies, Josie May “Joe” Adams returns to Garfield’s Crossing for the first time in years. In addition to sorting out her family's affairs, Joe, who is now a journalist, comes with an assignment to write a story about Appalachia.
(The Skull and The Saber) Seth Rankin, a native of Garfield's Crossing, returns to town to introduce his girlfriend, Rina Shah, to his parents. Rina quickly learns of the feud between the Rankin's and the Cozart's.
(Vulcan In Winter) Alex Doran, a college student, from Atlanta has an accident on the way into town which leaves his car undrivable. Sam Blaylock finds him walking into town and decides to help fix his car and give him a place to stay while he does so.
(Luna’s Guardian) A serial killer by the name of Edward Garrison arrives in town searching for a kill and encounters Rayna, a local bookstore owner, and her dog Luna.