It is the early 1800s, and George Bush, a true to life free black Philadephian, confronts the collision of cultures that thrives in young America. Rage batters him that his best friend, also free, is kidnapped and sold into Louisiana plantation slavery. Sustained by strength inherited from his father, supported by the Free African Society, George Bush commits his life to finding and bringing home his stolen friend. Heir to a sea captain's fortune, young Bush has the means to make his search, but anti-free black laws force him to take a circuitous albeit adventurous route. Believing the wilderness best suits his needs, George settles in East Tennessee. A sharpshooter, he musters into the militia "of the white male citizen," fights in the Battle of New Orleans. Handsome, virile, he is enticed by an exotic beauty of Rampart Street and loses himself for a time in passion. Dubious maneuvers and a devastating court trial to save his stolen friend inflame his unremitting rage. American Odyssey, Book Two, soon to be released, continues the journey of George Bush. He escapes for a time into the fur country wilderness of Northern Mexico. There, George Bush hones his strength and wisdom to challenge the horrors inflicted by anti-black codes as his odyssey takes him across America to the Pacific.