A boy mysteriously appears at the Barony, a plantation near Fayetteville, N.C. A few years later when the elderly owner of the Barony, the reclusive General Quintard, dies, no one knows what to do with the boy, Hannibal. Bob Yancy, a neighbor, takes Hannibal in and raises him like a member of the family. Others know the true identity of Hannibal. They come for him and chase him to Tennessee, hoping to enrich themselves at the boy’s expense. The author’s easy acceptance of the antebellum social structure and attitudes will turn off some readers.
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