This was a book about a girl named Maria, she had come to America from Germany with her parents when she was small, but her parents died on the way. When she arrived in America, she was sold as a slave to pay for her passage. She was sold to some good people who were willing to give her her freedom, but something went terribly wrong and she was sold to an awful man who refused to give her freedom. She escaped and while trying to get away ended up in a mighty river. I really enjoyed this book. I liked the fact that while not entirely true, it was based upon true stories of slaves from that time period. I was not sure however that I loved the ending, it was kind of a sad ending for me!