Bright Freedom Cameron knows that her name comes from the thing her father values most, but she doesn't really know why — or to what lengths both her parents will go to ensure the freedom of others. Then she stumbles on a stranger hiding in the pigpen, and soon learns what has kept her parents working such long hours at night in the barn: Bright's house is a station on the Underground Railroad, and her father hides slaves in his wagon to drive them to the next stop on their journey. Pa explains that long ago, he himself was a kind of slave — an indentured servant, kidnapped and sold into servitude for a period of ten years. It was only thanks to his friend, Marcus, an African slave who himself is now free, that Pa was able to escape. As Bright becomes involved in her family's work, she learns about the risks involved in helping "bundles" — the code word for runaway slaves — to freedom. When Papa becomes ill, she resolves to make the dangerous wagon journey in his place, no matter what the cost. Life is complicated, Bright learns. Once she has decided that slavery is wrong, she finds it hard to accept that her freedom-loving father can have friends who themselves own slaves. But as this exciting historical novel progresses, Bright grows in knowledge and understanding. Readers will identify with this strong-willed young woman and the courage she shows to give others the freedom she has always known. Interested readers will find useful background information provided in the author's preface and afterword, and a comprehensive bibliography will assist those looking for nonfiction resources.