All is peaceful until Little Owl and his friends are kidnapped by Hessian soldiers while out hunting. The boys are taken far to the south and placed in a prison compound. Their fellow prisoners include former slaves who are members of the Continental Army. After months of internment, the group is rescued. The boys are inducted into the Continental Army.
They spend the next five years fighting as members of the Continental Army. At the end of the war, they return to their village. They left as boys, but return as battle-hardened men.