Thirteen-year-old Willy Freeman's life changes forever when she witnesses her father's horrific death at the hands of the Redcoats, then returns home to find that her mother has disappeared, perhaps taken by the British as prisoner. Willy, disguised as a boy, begins her long and dangerous search for her mother and luckily finds a haven at the famous Fraunces Tavern in New York City. But even with the help of Sam Fraunces and her fellow worker, Horace, Willy knows that to be black, female, and free leaves her open to danger at every turn. What will tomorrow bring? Will she ever reunite with her mother?