Sixteen years have passed since the birth of Toby and Belle's daughter Kizzy, who is not only well-versed in the history of her father's people, but can even read and write thanks to her owner's niece Missy Anne Reynolds. Kizzy falls in love with a young man named Noah, who like her father, was determined to run away. He eventually does with Kizzy's help, but is quickly caught and forced to reveal Kizzy's role in his escape. This prompts Dr. Reynolds to sell Kizzy to his cock-breeder neighbor as punishment.moreless
On a trip to a neighboring town, Lucas goes looking for a missing friend and gets tied up in a murder investigation.
Jake and Fay Owens, old friends of Micah, are the McCains' new neighbors. Jake quickly develops an unreasoning jealousy of Lucas with Fay.