It's 1777 and the Redcoats are coming. The menfolk are off to battle at Ridgefield (Connecticut), so Eliza and her mother are alone when a wounded young Patriot arrives at their door bearing a message for General Washington. With the help of fourteen-year-old Jeremiah they steer the British away from the arsenal and keep soldier Luke alive; Eliza signals pluckily with her new red petticoat--the same one in whose hem she bravely carries that message to Dobbs Ferry. A thank-you letter from Washington himself climaxes its successful delivery, and accompanying it is a length of crimson silk to replace the thirteenth-birthday present she sacrificed to the cause. Blithely bland, and hardly Revolutionary.