Told with all the suspense of the best adventure fiction, this powerful book is the true story of Ellen and William Craft, a husband and wife who escaped from slavery in Georgia in 1848. After careful planning, light-skinned Ellen Craft disguised herself in men's clothing, posed as a white Southern planter, and bought "tickets for myself and my slave" at the Macon train station. Her "slave" was her husband, William, and from the moment they received the tickets that no slave could buy, they were on the road to freedom — or to being found out.
Using contemporary newspaper articles, journals, and the published narrative of William Craft, Florence Freedman recreates their brave and dangerous journey for young readers. The drama and tension of this true adventure is made vivid in striking illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Ezra Jack Keats.