To know when to keep quiet can keep a boy out of a lot of trouble. And keeping a firm hold on his wagging tongue was Brady Minton's biggest problem. His home town in Washington County, Pennsylvania, had many differing sentiments on the question of slavery in 1832, and it was certainly no place for careless talk. Since it was so close to the Virginia border, it was frequented by militant abolitionists, slave-hunters, underground-railway agents, and adventure-seekers. Brady's preacher father was against slavery. His Virginian mother considered it the natural order of life. Brady, himself, remained uncommitted until events forced him to take a stand and to act in secret. Mrs. Fritz has written an exciting, yet tender, chronicle of the boy, his home, and his times.