Pre-Civil War Georgia's plantations are "manned" by slaves, like Cora. Prepared to endure her hopeless situation, Cora only dreams of escape, when she meets Virginia slave Caesar, who is full of ideas about an underground railroad. Caesar infects Cora with plans to flee, and their journey begins. Whitehead brilliantly describes Cora's life, in and out of bondage, months in an airless space above an attic and her respites with people trying to help. The horrors experienced by Cora multiplied by thousands give us a remote idea of the powerful pull of freedom, the relentless drive of human spirit and strength!