Addy and her mother arrive in Philadelphia to begin life as free people. Everything is new to them in the big city. Addy is happy - she has a friend for the first time, Sarah, and she is learning to read and write. In school, Addy sits next to Harriet. Harriet is smart, wealthy, and popular. She has the life that Addy thought freedom would bring her. Addy hopes to be friends with Sarah and Harriet, but she ends up having to choose between them. Addy?s choice teaches her about real friendship and real freedom.