In The Bronze Bow, why had Daniel run away to the hills?

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Daniel is sold into slavery by his grandmother after his father is crucified. Daniel initially runs away from his hometown of Ketzah in order to escape his life of slavery under Amalek the blacksmith. Amalek is Daniel's master and has a reputation for being harsh. Daniel manages to escape from Amalek and plans on hiding out in the mountain caves. Fortunately, Rosh finds Daniel, who is exhausted and close to death, and is able to nurse him back to health. Under Rosh's supervision, Daniel becomes healthy again and vows allegiance to him.

Daniel has lived with Rosh and his outlaw band of rebels in the mountains for five years. After Joel and Malthace accidentally meet Daniel in the mountains, Simon receives word that Daniel is still alive and hikes up the mountain to visit his old friend. Simon informs Daniel that he can now return to Ketzah because Amalek is dead and there is no one to inherit his property, which essentially means that Daniel is a free man. However, Daniel struggles to come to terms with seeing his grandmother and sister again and feels a sense of loyalty to Rosh for saving his life.

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Daniel had run away to escape a life of servitude.  He had been bound to the blacksmith Amalek, who was know for his harsh treatment of the boys in his service.  Daniel has been living in the hills for "five years, about", and has not returned to the village because he knows if he does, he'd "just get dragged back to Amalek's shop".

Daniel ran away to the hills because he "knew there were caves up (there)".  He wanted a place to hide where Amalek could not find him.  He couldn't find the caves, however, and had been wandering about the hills for three days, cold, hungry, and "his back still raw from the last flogging" at the hands of his cruel master, when he had been found by Rosh, leader of a rebel band.  Rosh had taken Daniel in and taken care of him, and Daniel has lived with the band ever since, becoming an ardent and valuable participant in Rosh's revolt against the Romans (Chapter 1).

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