For Matt, being involved in the Revolutionary War doesn't seem like such great fun all of a sudden. He's been caught up in the middle of a storm, a storm the likes of which he's never experienced before. It's bitterly cold, and for a boy who can't even remember the last time he was out in the rain, that's pretty hard to deal with. What he wouldn't give for a ride in a nice big heated car.
If the cold weren't bad enough, Matt's body is aching all over. He can't figure out which hurts the most, his chapped face or his frozen fingers. To make matters worse, he can feel the ice seeping into his foot, which is only exacerbated by each step that he takes.
Somehow or other, Matt's going to have to get used to the cold and the wet, because he'll soon be joining the rest of his company for a march. He and his comrades will soon be on the move as General Washington and General Greene take a column along the Pennington Road. As part of the plan, General Sullivan will lead the march along the River Road.
Upon hearing about the plan, Matt's none too enthusiastic, as it involves fighting Hessians, who are rumored to be as tall as three men.