Dixon Douglas, a free African American man, lives in a small house at New York, in 1859.
Meeting with the Mentor
One day, Dixon hears about a black man who was killed for trying to smuggle his family out of slavery. Dixon's father had left him two months ago to rescue their family that they left behind.
Crossing the Threshold
Dixon faintly remember his mother and sisters, and he knows he has to go rescue them. However, he knew that he was safe here, in New York, even if he was lonely and scared. In the end, he decides to wait for his father, who might still be alive.
Tests, Allies, and Enemies
Later that night, Dixon's father speaks to him in a dream, and he explains he was caught by slave traders who brutally beat him to his death when he tried to escape from them.
Dixon leaves in the morning, unsure of his future but determined to finish what his dad had started. He packs a small satchel filled with the last portions of his food and some cash.
Throughout his journey to finding his family, he gets into close calls with slave-trade and bounty hunters but survives. He also finds refuge in the wild and local slaves also help Dixon with food, water, and shelter.