Tad, a very clever slave boy, comes of age as the American
Civil War intrudes on the tropical sea islands of South Carolina. But his
desire to better himself is obstructed by the color of his skin, until Northern
soldiers force the evacuation of white plantation owners, setting 10,000 slaves
free in a single day. These circumstances seem like a dream, but the newly
freed slaves have no money, no education, no leadership, and little hope for
This is the story of how a boy grows into a man facing the horrors of
war and unimaginable prejudice—fighting the urge to run from the shame of his
family and his past—to become the leader and deliverer of thousands of freed
slaves. Award-winning author Peter Leavell explores new territory in the
familiar literary backdrop of the Civil War, forging an unprecedented tale of
tragedy and triumph based on true events.
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