Jamie Pyke (a/k/a James Burton) is a complex and confused character. Perhaps it’s because of his earth-shaking upbringing and the revelations therein. He’s a 3/4 white, 1/4 black man living as a white man in 1830 Philadelphia. Life in Philadelphia has limited problems compared to his journey to North Carolina and Virginia to seek out Pan, his friend and house servant, who was stolen from the Philadelphia docks and sold as a slave. Jamie has to confront old ghosts and old ways of thinking as he journeys south and discovers his true soul.
Sometimes I was proud of Jamie in the story and other times I was embarrassed by his reactions. It was a story that I wanted to keep reading to find out what was around the next bend.
Thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.