After British dragoons led by the notorious Colonel Banastre Tarleton destroyed his family’s farm, stole all their cows, and wounded his parents, young Nate Chandler is determined to get revenge. He sets off with his devoted dog Rex to join the army and fight the British for American independence. Along the way he helps a slave named James, and the two become friends. James is also on his way to join the revolutionaries with the permission of his master, the plantation owner and patriot William Armistead.
Nate is somewhat disappointed when he is not allowed to fight with the army. Instead, he is assigned to be a courier, carrying information between the field and the General Lafayette’s headquarters. James, who has a photographic memory, is assigned to spy on Lord Cornwallis and obtains a position in his household. Rex plays a role, too, becoming a good luck symbol for the revolutionary troops. Nate and James are instrumental in helping General Lafayette win the battle of Yorktown, and they witness the British surrender. Great fun for young people interested in the Revolutionary War.