In 1848, an educated
slave girl faces an inconceivable choice—between bondage and freedom, family
On one side of the Mason-Dixon Line lives fifteen-year-old
Willow, her master’s favorite servant. She’s been taught to read and has
learned to write. She believes her master is good to her and fears the rebel
slave runaways. On the other side of the line is seventeen-year-old Cato, a
black man, free-born. It’s his personal mission to sneak as many fugitive
slaves to freedom as he can. Willow’s and Cato’s lives are about to intersect,
with life-changing consequences for both of them.
Tonya Cherie Hegamin’s moving coming-of-age story is a
poignant meditation on the many ways a person can be enslaved, and the force of
will needed to be truly emancipated. Download and start listening now!