Unable to find work in London in 1771, Samuel Daniels comes to America as an indentured servant to farmer Silas Weatherby. Although Weatherby is nothing but generous and kind, Samuel wants more in life than the lowly position of farmhand. But he will not repay Weatherby's kindness by breaking his agreement, and he stays on until his indenture is fulfilled.
Meanwhile, rebellion rages through the colonies, and Samuel sees his chance to secure his future. He joins the Continental Army, and his fi rst day in camp forms a friendship with a man named Spencer. A few days later, outside Hartford, Connecticut, he befriends a twelve-year-old orphan and forms another lasting friendship. Th ough life as a soldier isn't what he thought it would be, Samuel savors his independence and earning his own income. But the reality of war intrudes as they struggle against the cold and the British.
Wounded at Saratoga, Samuel is cared for by the beautiful Mary Elizabeth-and he can't help but fall in love with her. But she is promised to Samuel's good friend and fellow soldier, Jeptha Isaacson. Confused and tormented, Samuel decides to return to his unit before he is fully healed.
Dark days lie ahead on the battlefield, and now, Samuel must fight for the birth of a new nation, one where he will finally find true freedom.
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Great Book! A very vivid, sometimes intense account of a soldiers journey through the hardships of the American Revolution. The theme is multifaceted as it captures history, the bonds of friendship, hope for a better future, and blends them into a wonderful story.