Nineteen-year-old Joshua Bowen is working as a logger on the Ohio River when he meets his first runaway slave and discovers his true calling - abolition. All of Josh's skills come into play as he dons one disguise after another to help desperate slaves reach the safety of Ohio and the Underground Railroad. After dozens of successful rescues, Kentucky slaveowners catch Josh and convict him of "enticing slaves to leave their owners." Locked away in prison Josh struggles to keep his ideals and sense of self - and when freedom comes sooner than expected, he has to make further important decisions about the course his life will take.
This exciting novel includes an author's note about the true story that inspired it.