The stars danced above New York as sisters Isabel and Ruth listened to their orders. They were slaves bought by the Locktons. Madam Lockton was the harshest of the two.
"Quick, go to the kitchen and prepare me a meal!"
Ruth, the younger sister, was in the kitchen with Isabel cutting peas. Ruth suddenly crashed down onto the floor, "Bang!" She was shaking fiercely. Her body was an earthquake. Madam was horrified. She feared that Ruth was a demon and wanted her out of the house.
"She's a demon!"
Madam knew that Isabel was a protective sister. In order to sell Ruth she had to be sneaky. She cooked up a plan--literally! She baked fresh gingerbread and sweet, warm milk, but little did the sisters know...it was all a ploy. Soon they fell fast asleep.
"Come, eat. You work too hard."
"Where is Ruth?!"
The next morning, Ruth was gone. Isabel let out so many tears she felt as if none were left in her. But she was furious! The fight between her and Madam began: Screams erupted, paintings were thrown, and a volcano swallowed the house.
She had enough and ran away to the water pump. Her feelings turned to fumes, fury to ferocity. She had to escape. She ran to the water pump, a place were slaves would gather to collect pure water for their masters.
The old slave in charge, often known as Grandfather, could sense Isabel's sadness. She broke down and explained her situation. Grandfather nodded wisely and sympathized, telling her to "Find her river Jordan." Isabel was confused, but she vowed. One day, she would escape the Locktons. One day, she would find Ruth. One day...she would find her River Jordan.