A Black boy is born in the 1850s in Memphis, Tennessee to Free Black parents. We follow him through The Civil War and Reconstruction. The book goes into detail about the political and emotional landscape of the time. His morals, knowledge, and spiritual base are put to the test as a tragedy occurs that alters his course in life. An unusual alliance puts him in various unique adventures with consequences that further shape his life and maturity.
The book follows two trajectories. On one hand, it is a coming-of-age fictional adventure story of an exceptional trio of teens as they try to understand what promise a post-Civil War America holds for each of them. Parallel to this storyline is a well-documented history of American political and social upheaval that transpired during that same time.