Rosa Jewel Grey lives a life of privilege, but longs for something more. Across the desert in Texas there are those who are not free, men who toil in chains while she lives a comfortable life on her father’s rancho. She longs to set the captives free.
Her dreams are cut short when she is captured by a band of renegade Apache.
Calvin Grey, charged with the task of finding his sister, returns empty handed and haunted. Held responsible for the disappearance of his sister, Calvin must stand up under the weight of his mother’s disapproval. He must be a community leader and still keep his own sanity after his failure.
Torn between his family’s safety and the vision of a free town, Destiny Grey is forced to face some hard decisions. How much is he willing to risk to build a freeman town? Has he already risked too much?
“-the institution of slavery!” Rosa was saying. She hardly ever spoke anymore in calm tones. She was always on fire. A few people clapped and cheered and she went on. “Ever since I was a child I heard the stories, yet I had no idea what it was until they came into my home and stole my family right from under me! They stole the only thing good and decent from me when all we ever wanted was to live in peace!” There was a murmur of strong agreement amongst them.
“Most of you saw what they did to us, when all we were doing was seeking a home for our children, seeking to build a life, a free life, a just life, a life filled with love and happiness and laughter and they snatched the laughter right from under our feet, ruined our children’s innocence!” The group cheered and was spurred on to some fever pitch by her speech. Calvin felt it too as she spoke of the children. The children were his life and he felt so angry over what had been stolen from them.
“We can no longer pretend this is not happening right across our border,” she said pointing in the direction of Texas. “We can no longer act like we have no responsibility to set the captives free! We attempted to hide, to blend in with the Mexicans, to ignore others suffering and we have been punished for it. Well, I say it is time for us to rise up and take back what they stole from us!”