With the lighthearted voice yet serious contentof Mark Twain's best fiction, master storytellerRodman Philbrick takes readers on a colourfuljourney as young Homer P. Figg, an orphan,sets off to follow his only brother into the thickof the Civil War. Through a series of fascinatingevents, Homer's older brother has been illegallysold to the Union army. It is up to Homer to findhim and save him. Along the way, he encountersmany strange but real people of that era whowill engage and educate young readers about ournation's past--in one of the most decisive momentsof American history. In Homer's inspiring fight totrack down his brother, Philbrick brings us anothergroundbreaking novel that is both entertaining andprofound.