Q, Tony, Hooter, Matt, and Katie are in Nebraska for a camp out and go take a walk around the river. Tony tells a spooky story about the river and Katie goes missing and they get sucked into a trap for a rowboat and end up in the 18th century.
Matt tries to return the general's coat but gets mistaken for a soldier. When he does he meets a friend named Isreal. Right before they were going Isreal got sick and died. A man named Mr.Hornbee finds Matt and takes him home.
Matt woke up in Mr.Hornbee's house in a night gown and they gave him soup. Mrs.Hornbee wanted him out because they were neutral and he was a patriot. Mr.Hornbee sent him out on his mule but then he runs into Hooter and Tony and indians and they tell him that Q and Katie have been taken!
They end up finding Q and Katie with the german hessians. Hooter got really attached to one of them who was named Gustav. They were by a river when a person shot Gustav then the kids relized it was the americans. The people took them and watched them.
Suddenly while the children were waiting Katie was bragging that she knew something they didn't. Then she showed them where the rowboat was and they traveled home. On the way home they were scared they would end up somewhere else but they didn't.
When they got home it was really early. Katie was forced to give Generals socks to Q but she said only if she gets a bag of marshmellows. When they got home Matt's and Katie's parents were very questioning but they called truce to tell them nothing but Katie of course did not listen.