Laurie Halse Anderson
and her sister, Ruth,
were owned by Miss Mary
Finch. At Miss Finch’s
funeral, Isabel goes to her
mother’s grave to seek
guidance about their
freedom and future.
Isabel – main character
Ruth – Isabel’s sister
Miss Mary Finch – owned
Isabel, Ruth, and momma
Rhode Island – where story
Isabelattempts to convince
Mr. Robert Finch that she are
Ruth are to be freed as written
in Miss Finch’s will. Mr.
Robert refuses to free them
and decides to take the girls to
be sold in Newport.
Isabelgrabs seeds as Mr.
Robert comes to take her and
her sister to Newport to be
sold. Ruth and Isabel are sold
to the Locktons. Jenny, a
friend of their mother, tried to
buy the girls but she couldn’t
outbid the Locktons.
The Locktons – a rich Loyalist
Sullivan’s Tavern- the place
where Isabel and Ruth were
and Ruth were on a boat
headed for New York. They
were sad that their momma
would never see them again
because ghosts can’t go over
water. Isabel hoped that the
ship would sink before
reaching New York.
Isabel,Ruth, and the Locktons
arrive in New York. Mrs.
Lockton denies Bellingham, a
Patriot General, permission to
search through her bags for
proof that they’re Loyalists.
Then, Curzon takes Isabel to
the water pump.
Loyalist – Isabel belongs to a Loyalist
family and they believe England
should have control.
Bellingham – He was part of Patriots
and is against the Locktons. His slave
Curzon is trying to get Isabel to help.
“Freedom and liberty has many
meanings” – the Loyalists and Patriots
think of it differently and Isabel is
looking for freedom.
WhileCurzon takes Isabel to the
water pump, he tells her that
Loyalists, such as the Locktons
are wrong, and are trying to take
freedom away. He asks her to
deliver messages to him for the
Patriots. Isabel needs to make a
Curzon – He is a Patriot’s slave. He
tries to get Isabel to help the Patriots
by listening to what Mr. Lockton says.
Slave – Curzon tells Isabel that the
Patriots will help her get her freedom
if she helps them.
Rebel – another name for Patriots;
rebels are fighting for freedom from
Isabelwas being taught by Becky,
the Lockton’s servant, what to do
in the household. Becky told her
to stay away from Curzon because
he might be trouble. Isabel learns
that the Locktons are Loyalists but
pretended to be Patriots on the
docks to protect themselves.
Tories – another name for a
Patriots – people who want
independence from Britain.
Loyalists – people who want to be
united with Britain.
Tea Water Pump – place where
Isabel gets water
Isabelexplains how her first day
working at the Lockton’s house
goes. Madam Lockton uses Ruth
as her personal maid. Becky tells
Isabel that Madam treats her
slaves harshly so she should listen
to her at all times. Isabel is
troubled by Curzon’s offer to spy
on the Locktons.
Isabelwas dreaming about
freedom while sharpening knives
when she was called to meet Lady
Seymour. There she saw that
Ruth was scared and sad. She
was then asked to serve Mr.
Lockton and overheard his plans
to bribe the rebel army.
“Every man willing to switch sides is to be
paid 5 guineas and 200 acres of land…”
“His majesty’s ships are very close, closer
that you know. This rebellion will be
smashes like glass under a heavy boot…”
“What did I tell you about silence?” She
[Madam] said roughly. Ruth raised one
shaking finger to her mouth and said,
AfterRuth is asleep, Isabel sneaks out
to visit Curzon at his residence. She
gives him information about Mr.
Lockton’s hidden money and plot to
bribe Patriots. Curzon tells Isabel that
he will inform Colonel Bellingham and
not to seem suspicious because the
colonel will know who she is.
When Isabel awakens she expects to
be free. Patriot soldiers come to the
Lockton’s home to search for the
money Lockton was hiding. When the
Patriot soldiers don’t find any money,
Bellingham arrests Mr. Lockton for
putting many peoples lives in danger
by aiding the enemy. Isabel and Ruth
MasterLockton has been arrested.
Becky sent Isabel to tell Lady
Seymour what happened. Then
Lady Seymour sent Isabel to the
lawyers office and with a letter for
Mrs. Lockton saying that Elihu
[Mr. Lockton] would be home
Master Lockton returns from prison;
however, he does not suspect Isabel.
Isabel’s new duty is to go to the water
pump every morning. One morning
she sees Curzon again and he
explains that they need a letter or
some other kind of proof against
Lockton because his aunt is well
connected. Isabel doesn’t want to her
Curzon talk about liberty anymore.
Isabel over hears Mr. Lockton,
Goldbutton, and the mayor’s
conversation about the war.
They are discussing their plan
to kill General George
Washington. They have a list
of people who know about the
“The time for bribery and persuasion is past.
This is the hour when we must unsheath our
“The paper will serve as my insurance should
I fall into rebel hands again. It will motivate
you and our friends to do everything possible
to secure my release.”
Ruth has a seizure. Madam
Lockton is angry and upset. She
calls Ruth the devil and demands
that Ruth be sold. Master Lockton
reminds Mrs. Lockton that Ruth
and Isabel are sister and refuses
to have Ruth sold.
Isabel steals Mr. Locktons list
of names. She presents it to
Colonel Regan. She asks for
freedom in trade for the
information. Isabel believes
she is closer than ever to her
main goal. Freedom with Ruth.
Committee to Conserve Kings
Peace – Treaty of assassination to
kill General Washington
Colonel Regan – Patriot colonel
Isabel informed of the
Battery – fort for rebel soldiers
Isabel awaits news from Colonel Regan.
Madam fears the “demon” inside Ruth.
Mr. Goldbuttons arrives to inform Mr.
Lockton that their plot to kill Washington
was uncovered. So, Mr. Lockton plans to
leave town to escape his consequences of
planning the murder, leaving Madam
Lockton. Nine conspirators were charged
Key words/people/battles/ places
Ad Astra – the code/password to the
Treason – Mr. Lockton was accused of
treason for planning to kill George
Isabel goes to see the hanging of
Thomas Hickey, who was arrested
for attempting to kill George
Washington. Her and Ruth are
accompanied by Curzon. Isabel
asks Curzon when her help will
arrive. Together, they watch
Thomas being hung and head
back to the Locktons.
Isabel, Ruth, and the Locktons are at
church. Mass is interrupted by a boy
running in shouting that the British
sailed into the harbor. The church
was then hit with many cannonballs
as soldiers scattered around.
Although, the noise causes Ruth to
have a fit, she is carried home safely
ale to return to work.
News arrived in New York that Congress
had declared independence. Isabel
watched as a statue of Kin George III was
being destroyed. When Isabel returns
home she learns that Ruth is with Madam.
Becky told her that Madam had baked and
left milk for her. After eating and drinking,
Isabel falls asleep. She regrets falling
asleep and leaving Ruth with Madam.