An historical novel with more story interest than usual, concerns itself with the fortunes of a family in New Jersey in the early days of the Revolution. Miss Betz uses a radio technique, which should be familiar to her, in supplying the end of each chapter with a cliff-hanger, holding the suspense as she follows an adventure of another set of characters in the text. The Pierson family -- parents, Mercy and John, find themselves in the midst of action and intrigue with the news of the Declaration of Independence. All manner of men and women from different national and racial backgrounds join the fight for freedom:- Irish Kevin, who, with John, travels through New Jersey and New York to recruit, enlist and fight; Tom Corley, who disobeyed orders, was captured and escaped from the British; Jewish ""peddler"" Ben, serving as a spy and patriot; pretty Patience Payton, who defied her Tory family; Aunt Sarah, a freed slave; Dutch Mr. Van Hassel who helped the boys escape. Reliable historical adventure.