In 1865, after a tearful session with his mother, Richard Harrison, a light-skinned sixteen year old freed slave, leaves the plantation in Marion County, Florida, instilled with the dream to sail the seven seas as a free man. Should he follow his mother's advice and pose as a white man, or stand tall and buck the prevailing headwinds? His trek through Florida history during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, provides him with a new perspective on life. He finally understands his mentor's words. "Freedom is . . . . "