This is clearly a coming-of-age story for Anne, who takes a lot of responsibility and risk to follow her beliefs. Her deceased father taught her that. Although this story is fictional, there are many historically correct references to the Revolutionary War. Anne's family has been torn apart by the pending war. Her father, a rebel Patriot, was killed by Loyalists. Her brothers have joined the armies; one is a Patriot, the other is a spy for the Loyalists. Anne's mother is heartbroken and scraping by. Annie finds a wounded soldier with a message in code for George Washington's troops. It is a warning of a British attack within four days. Despite her mother's protests and numerous dangers because of being alone, Anne sets out to deliver the message. Along the way, Anne meets up with her brothers, people who want to hurt her, and a few willing to help her. The title is intricately revealed throughout Anne's journey.