It is late August, 1815. Eleven-year-old Jenny Moses and her mother, Annie, work as field slaves on a southern Alabama plantation. When they learn of their master's plans to sell Jenny and separate mother and daughter, they choose to run. During a perilous week-long journey, they are helped by Cato, another young runaway, and together they travel to the banks of Florida's Apalachicola River. There they find friendly settlements of escaped slaves, free blacks and Native Americans. With the aid of an abandoned but fully-fortified British fort, Jenny, Annie, Cato and a new friend-Crazy Bear-are swept up in the hope that a new country of blacks and Indians, one in which everyone is free, can be carved out of this strange new land. In the meantime, there are slave hunters to contend with, such as the evil Rube, and armies bent on destroying their dreams.
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About the Author
A recipient of several state and national writing awards, Doug Alderson is also the author of The Great Florida Seminole Trail, The Vision Keepers: Walking For Native Americans and the Earth, Waters Less Traveled, Wild Florida Waters, New Dawn for the Kissimmee River, Encounters with Florida's Endangered Wildlife, and others. Additionally, his articles and photographs have been featured in magazines such as Native Peoples, Wildlife Conservation, American Forests, Sierra, Mother Earth News and Shaman's Drum. He has been closely involved with a traditional Muscogee Creek Indian community for the past thirty years. This is his first novel. For more information, log onto www.dougalderson.net.