• by Charles Alverson
  • Narrated by Eric G. Dove
  • 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"You don't want to buy me. I'll kill the man who buys me."
Despite that outrageous threat, plantation owner Boyd Jardine buys Caleb and puts him to work in the fields. But soon Jardine discovers that his new slave is both better educated and more widely traveled than himself. When Jardine's pregnant wife dies and Caleb saves the unborn child, Jardine grows increasingly dependent on him not only as a servant but also as a companion - and so their relationship as master and slave begins to change.
As the Civil War looms and Caleb's thirst for freedom grows, Jardine reluctantly agrees to let the slave buy his freedom. Caleb has no money, but Jardine comes up with a scheme: Caleb can earn the price of freedom by fighting - and winning - boxing matches. But - in an ever more turbulent political climate - even if Caleb makes enough to purchase his freedom, what then? Freedom papers don't mean much in a state of war.
Set against a conflict that threatens to split a nation, Caleb's story is both tragic and triumphant.


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Customer Reviews

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Excellent Read!

Although slavery stories are generally tough to read, this was very enjoyable. Caleb is the MAN!!
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- Lynda A. Brooks

Excellent Read

Caleb, indentured servant, slave, free man,, and finally Union soldier. Boyd Jardine of 3 Rivers plantation in S.C. sells Caleb his freedom. This is Caleb's story of how Jardine became his friend & how Caleb, Union soldier, killed Jardine, Confederate officer.
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- D. Joslyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-04-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio