By Laurie Halse Anderson. ISBN 978-1-4169-6145-1. Copyright 2010. Softcover with 312 pages including appendix; vocabulary words; reading group guide; and prelude to "Chains", the prequel to this book.
In this work of historical fiction the perspective shifts from Isabel to Curzon with the tale of what it takes for runaway slaves to forge their own paths in a world of obstacles-and in the midst of the American Revolution. The Patriot Army was shaped and strengthened by the desperate circumstances of the Valley Forge winter. In addition to the hardships of soldiering, Curzon lives with the fear of being discovered as an escaped slave passing for free. Isabel is also at Valley Forge-against her will. She and Curzon have to sort out the tangled threads of their friendship while figuring out what stands between the two of them and true freedom.