A good, realistic look at a time and place in America with a solid love story kicked in. Lawrence is a free black man, although he is actually part white, part Miami (Native Americans that were from Ohio), and black. He is studying to become a lawyer so that he could work within the legal institutions to give blacks and Native Americans more rights and ultimately freedom and property rights. Aurealia (Realie) is an escaped slave from Georgia on her way to Canada. Lawrence and Realie really learn about each other's experiences while looking toward the future.
The only problem I had with the story, and what ultimately brought down the rating, was the religious tone of the story. For a story of 70 pages, there was so much preaching and using the "I am a Christian" excuse for any behavior. It was such a turn off that I started to skim the last 20 pages. 2.5 stars.