In the woods he meets a fellow slave by the name of Sandy Jenkins. He too escaped into the woods in fear of being whipped by his slaveholder. Sandy says, “Hello there, are you lost?” Frederick explains his situation and Sandy reaches into the ground and rips out a root, " Here take this root, it will protect you from being whipped from a white man.” Frederick takes it and says “Thank you Sandy”. Frederick decided to return to the fields the next morning.
Frederick was pondering if the root would actually protect him until he sees Covey walk into the stable with a long leather rope. Frederick’s instincts kicked in and he springs into action. Covey launches himself at him and goes to reach for Frederick’s neck. Frederick kicks him hard in the side and Covey screams out “Aghhhhh!”. Covey calls for assistance, “Hughes! Come help me tie Frederick up!” When he comes over Frederick gives him a hard kick in the side. This weakened him and only left Frederick and Covey to fight. The two toss and turn and finally after about two hours Covey lets Frederick go.
The whole six months after the fight Frederick was treated a whole different way and was never touched again by Covey. He was actually treated like a human being and not just like an animal. Frederick realized that just because you are born into a roll doesn't mean you have to play that role. Being a slave and defeating your master in battle was a true sign of determination and this was the turning point in his life as a slave, Frederick felt like he could touch the sky. He was now more confident in himself and was now more eager to escape to the north.