Samuel and Annie travel through New York, which is held by the British. Redcoats swarm the city and question them.
What are YOU doing here?
With the help of a friend, Samuel and Annie rescue Samuel's dad from the warehouse where he is being kept as a prisoner of war. He looks malnourished and sick.
Father! You look ill.
After successfully rescuing Samuel's mother, they set off through the woods to make their way back to Pennsylvania. It takes multiple days to get there on foot, and they also have to face wild animals, British officers, and hostile Indians.
Stay silent. And if you hear anything, hide.
Many battles took place in New York, but it went back and forth from being under British control and then American control. Regardless, New York was a strategically important place in the Revolution and the Sons of Liberty were often present here.
Although it is different now, during this time period captives weren't required to be taken care of and the unsanitary conditions of prison facilities usually caused more deaths then the war itself.
The Indians attempted to remain neutral at the start of the war, but pressure from both sides forced them to choose sides. The majority of them supported the British, which was the bigger and more powerful army, but some sided with the colonists.