The Civil War is almost at an end. Thousands of former slaves are
set free to find their way in a world transformed by bayonet and
bullets. Joshua Covington, an educated former house slave from
Georgia, decides to make his way alone west to start a new life for
himself and any former slaves who care to join him in an unknown
and uncharted land.
Armed with two good horses, two faithful dogs, a new kind of rifle,
his intelligence, and wits, Joshua makes friends, battles enemies
old and new, and discovers what it means to be truly free.