Meanwhile, back at Briarstone, the Lodges' plantation, Emily is desperate to return to Illinois to live with the family of her best friend. With the war shortages, she no longer feels welcome at Briarstone. Then her cousin William's slave, Nat, slips away in an attempt to find his younger brother Rufus, who has been sold.
On his return, Nat is apprehended by white patrollers and whipped. Emily pleads with William to stop, but he turns his fury on her and orders her to leave Briarstone, accusing her of being a Yankee spy. Emily says good-bye to her friend Gideon and resolves to go, taking Nat with her. But will the two be able to escape across the battle lines?
Audience: Preteen readers, ages 11-14