Eliza experiences the horrors of slavery at an early age: children taken from their mothers, the cruel sun and the crueler overseer in the cotton fields. Though her cousin Abram tries to protect Eliza from these harsh realities, she can't escape the hatred in the master's daughters' stares. But somewhere, amid the cracking whips and scorching heat, lies hope. Based on the true account of the mulatto child Eliza in Julius Lester's To Be a Slave, this gripping coming-of-age novel both depicts the anguish of slavery and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.
A young slave tries to hide the horrors of slavery from his younger cousin, the light-skinned daughter of the plantation owner.