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Isabel and her little sister Ruth always believed that they would be freed when Mary Finch, their owner, died. However, her dying wishes weren't honored, and the girls were sold into slavery with another family, the Locktons. Even when Jenny tries to buy them, Madam Lockton simply increases her offer, and the girls are taken away.

When they arrive in New York, Isabel realizes that Master Lockton pretends to be a Rebel when it suits him but actually supports the Tories. She also meets Curzon, the slave of a Rebel fighter, who helps her find her way to the Lockton's house when she's sent to find a pail of water before she's even shown where they live. He suggests that she spy on the Locktons, but Isabel doesn't want to. She only wants to take care of her sister.

The Locktons are difficult to live with. Isabel works hard constantly, and Ruth is used as a personal slave—a curiosity to make Madam look richer than her friends. The Locktons say that Isabel will be called Sal Lockton instead...

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