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Last Updated on May 14, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 178

Pierre and Andrew Alexandre, twelve-year-old twins and runaway slaves, had earth-brown skin, pale gray eyes, and limp black curls. They had danced together to entertain their master's guests—until now. Raised apart by Marquis Francois Jean Claude De Ville, they now lived together in the swamps around New Orleans in a...

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Pierre and Andrew Alexandre, twelve-year-old twins and runaway slaves, had earth-brown skin, pale gray eyes, and limp black curls. They had danced together to entertain their master's guests—until now. Raised apart by Marquis Francois Jean Claude De Ville, they now lived together in the swamps around New Orleans in a perfect hiding place built by their father, Jacques. At the beginning of the story, Robinet plants the question inside the reader's head: Will the levelheaded and cautious Pierre be able to work together with his impulsive and playful twin, Andrew, to save their own lives and reunite their family?

Leaving the boys alone in the swamp, Jacques went to try and free their mother and baby sister, but did not return. When Pierre and Andrew realize that their father will not return, they must learn not only how to survive in the swamps, but also how to rescue their mother and baby sister from a slave auction. The historical elements of British forces, pirates, and Andrew Jackson's American army, add an interesting twist to the twins' plight.

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