A slender but personable story of the troubled years of the South is based on the origin of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Prome Oldrag, a Negro on a plantation with a liberal attitude towards its slaves, is awarded a guitar for saving his young master's life. From the guitar comes the tune for the Battle Hymn. Prome takes the freedom road but returns after the Emancipation Proclamation, to die trying to save his master again. Plantation life and folkways are delineated in personal terms, with the total situation given from Prome's view. Simple and sound.