In 1798, Daniel Dickinson, a young Quaker father and widower, leaves his home in
Pennsylvania to establish a new life. He sets out with two horses, a wagonful
of belongings, his five children, a fifteen-year-old orphan wife, and a few
land warrants for his future homestead.
Daniel trades a horse for a young slave, Onesimus, it sets in motion a struggle
in his conscience that will taint his life forever, and sets in motion a chain
of events that lead to two murders and the family’s strange relationship with a
runaway slave named Bett.
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