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Hanyost Schuyler does not understand the stories of fighting in faraway Boston or New York. He is much more interested in learning the old ways of his Mohawk neighbors and spending time with the young warrior Onatah and his sister Ataentsic. But in 1777 the Revolution is coming to the Mohawk Valley and everyone must choose a side. Will he follow his uncle Nicholas Herkimer, the newly appointed general of the rebel militia? What of Joseph Brant, war chief of the Mohawks, and his intriguing sister Molly? They have been good friends to Hanyost yet their loyalty King George is known to all. And then there is the powerful memory of the old wanderer from the Carolinas who wiped away the darkness form Hanyost's eyes and brought him back to the daylight world. What would Black Jacob want him to do now?