Frederick Douglass is a slave, and slaves aren't allowed to read but his previous owners - Mr and Mrs. Auld - did not realize that until it was to late so they sent him to work on Mr.Covey’s plantation. One day while working in the fields Douglass felt a dreadful pain in his stomach, so he took a break and sat down. When word spread to Covey that Douglas had stopped he gave Douglass a dreadful kick in the head and told him “keep working” seconds later Douglass ran away with covey on his tail until he ran into Samuel whose wife was a free slave that lived in the city and asked if he could stay with him at his wife's cause he was already going there and when they arrived Douglass stayed the night and right before he left he was talking to Samuels wife and when he told her about covey she gave him a ginger root she claimed would keep him safe from Covey. Douglass took it even though he wasn't very sure about it really working and walked back to the plantation hoping he would be spared.
Douglass returned to see covey waiting Douglass’ heart started pounding out of his chest, he was so scared but then covey offered to give him a ride to church. Douglass then realized it was Sunday, so that was the only reason covey wasn’t whipping him to death. The next day started normal Douglass woke up, and did his daily chores. He then went out to the field but today covey asked him to go to the stables and clean up the horses, and in the middle of Douglass cleaning one of the horses covey approached him with a whip. intending to whip him, but Douglass fights back, and covey and Douglass fight for a long time. Douglass ends up winning and comes out with barely a scratch, but Covey on the other hand didn't look quite as peachy.
After the fight Douglass stayed with covey for about 6 more months. Douglass learned that all he needed to do was stand up for himself because the slave keepers were just big bullies. if you stood up to them, you could possibly become mentally free. That's exactly how Douglass felt the six more months he stayed with covey. During which he was never beaten again and got away Scot-free.