When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap'n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him. Cap'n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father's debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.
Children of sharecroppers -- South Carolina -- Juvenile fiction.
Fugitive slaves -- South Carolina -- Juvenile fiction.
Plantation owners -- South Carolina -- Juvenile fiction.
South Carolina -- History -- 1775-1865 -- Juvenile fiction.
United States -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile fiction.