"When twelve-year-old Dillon Child's father joined the Confederacy, he asked Reverend Jeremiah Culpepper to take Dillon and his six-year-old sister, Jenny, to their uncle in St. Louis. But their uncle had also joined up, and the children, alone and destitute, set out to walk back home. Along the way they run into Lucifer Deal, who Dillon calls Ol' Slantface because of a disfigurement. Deal, a slave trader, has expanded his business to young boys he can sell to ships' captains. And it seems Reverend Culpepper and Ol' Slantface are in cahoots."-- provided by publisher.