It starts out in the 1770’s during the Revolution War and Samuel Meeker or Sam for short just interred the room of the tavern and he chimes in to everybody who is waiting to eat, he comes in saying where beating the Lobster Backs. His father, Eliphalet Meeker but called Life for short, starts arguing with son. After a while they calmed down and change the subject. Finally Tim Meeker or sometimes called Timmy, the narrator and one of the main two characters of the story in the story goes out to the barn to milk the cow Old Pru. Witches are one of his daily chores and ask Sam to join him. While Tim is milking Old Pru he’s talking to Sam about how he has been lately and what is he doing back at home. And Sam tells him truth why he is back at home, and it’s to get the Brown Bess. Which is the family’s gun and Tim swears that he can’t tell Mom or Dad. Well in the morning when Sam try’s to get the Brown Bess his father catches him and they get big fight whether he’s going to fight the British or not and finally his dad throws him out the house. While the Meeker’s are at Church, Sam goo’s back to the Tavern, where his family lives and work’s and he stills the Brown Bess. Well later on the Rebel’s or the patriot’s or now called the American’s. Went threw the town of Redding.

This is where the Meeker’s live. They where going door to door. Taking peoples guns and goods. When they came to the Tavern they were demanding for there gun. They wouldn’t believe that there son stole it and took it with him to the Rebel’s camp and they wouldn’t believe him cause it was Tori territory and that they where threatening to kill Life if they didn’t give them there gun. Then Tim ran out the door and he ran to go get Colonel Read. Since he knew that Sam was a Rebel and colonel read was a colonel for the Rebel’s, but when he got to where he was he saw Sam with the Gun sleeping with it. Then he snatched it and started running back to his house and when he was half way there Sam woken up and was yelling him to stop but he wouldn’t stop, but since Sam was older and bigger he caught Tim right as they reach the town of Redding. Then Tim had to explain what had happen and Sam didn’t want to go back but he went with Tim just in case. When they got back his dad was all right just beaten up a little bit. Sam ran out there like a bad out hell and when he was far enough from Tim and his Dad. he looked at them from top of Rock and waved and left. later on the seasons pass by and in the Winter Tim and his Dad have to go down to Verplanks to exchange cattle for money and goods. when they where half way there they run into some Cowboys ,(Cattle thieves) and they say there Rebel’s and notice that Life is trying to sell Beef to the Tori’s. so they threaten to kill Life and his son, and also take their goods. well there luck comes in and some Escort’s come along and scared off the cowboys and the cowboys very where pissed. While they get up to Verplanks, which is by Hudson River, Life makes his trades. On there way back Life is very catious about the Cowboys, but on way there it starts to snow, and it makes it hard for them and it takes them and extra day. next day Life is on the horse and he and Tim leave. about every five minutes or so he goo’s up and down to check to see if there’s cowboys coming. after a while Tim notices that it’s been a long time since his dad came back so Tim gets to worry. so finally he gets going again and starts thinking what is he going to do if the cowboys come up to him with out an escort or his father with him to protect him.

Finally when he’s coming along he sees the Cowboy’s. he out smarts them by acting like he thinks their escorts and asking questions to throw them off. while the Cowboy’s are trying to play along and he starts acting like he has no food and ask if they got some and says he needs some goods. then the cowboys get pissed off cause they don’t know if the boy is pulling there chain or that he really has no goods. some are thinking its not worth it and some are saying come on lets take this punk well after them all arguing for a long time. they start haring dogs barking and they think it’s the escorts. So they leave the boy there. when there finally gone Tim is so happy that he out smarted the cowboys and was thinking Sam would be proud of him. Then he gets back on the wagon and heads home. When he gets home he tells his mother what happen to his father and that he’s been kidnapped and probably taken to prison and its down to Susanah and Tim to run the Tavern and do all chores. Later they find out that Life dies from being sick in the prison ships and him and fifty others died from the common Flu. After that the lobster Backs come threw the town of Redding and nobody knows what there doing. Then later they knock down the door of a Rebel’s house and take all Rebel’s that where hiding in there and they take them away. While leaving the town Tim follows them and when they where almost out of the area. they were ambush. by this old farmer’s house and about six Rebels’s where in it. They started shooting at all of the British troops, the British retaliate by breading down wall killing all the men and burned down the house. After all of that Sam’s troop set up an encampment in there area not far from town, while they where there Tim found Sam and they where happy to see each other since its been like two years and they had a get together. While he visits them he tells them they should butcher the cattle and save the meat before any of the Rebel’s take it. Even though if anybody gets caught stealing they will be hanged. But still Tim wanted to hold on to them and try to sell them to somebody cause that all they had that could make them money. While Sam was visiting Tim again they notice the cows where making some noises. Ran out the door and Tim got all but the missing cow back into the barn and Sam went chasing after the thief, when he caught up to them they knocked Sam out. They accused Sam was the guilty one and they caught him, after the whole family trying to convince that he didn’t do it the court decided that Sam should be shot.

Tim was so mad that he took his bayonet and sharpens it as much as he can and he went after Sam. When he got to the prison area he charged the guarded with the sword and when guard woke up he got his gun up and Tim threw his bayonet over the wall and said “Sam catch!” Then Tim took off running and trying to dodge all the shots that where fired at him. When he was going up the hill he felt a tug in his left shoulder. It was a shot, but he kept on going. When he was far enough he relies Sam wasn’t in his cell, it turns out nobody was and they move everybody out of there. Finally Execution Day came and everybody in the crowd was watching first there where two men who got hundred lashings, then there was man who was hanged. Then Sam was next they put a pillow case over his face the three men hold there guns to him and they where so close that the guns where almost touching. BOOOOM!!! The guns went off , but Sam wasn’t dead they were so close that the explosion from the guns caught am on fire. He was squirming around and finally another man shot him. He stopped moving and Tim was very mad. After the war, Tim and his mother moved out town they hated and moved to Pennsylvania. Tim got married and started his own tavern. He got married with children. Susanah would never ever talk or even be nice to any American cause she lost a son and her husband cause of this war. But she was a strong woman.


It took place during the Revolutionary War from about 1776 to 1778 in Redding Connecticut but there where some parts in New York in other small towns but almost everything happen in Redding.

Main Character

Even though the book was named after Sam it all came from his younger brother Tim. It came from Tim’s point of view and he did all the narrating, and you saw every thing threw his eyes. He was a twelve year old boy and by time book was over he was a fourteen year old young adult. Who was bright and smart just like his brother but had better matters. He was timid when it came down to scary things in the begging but when he grew older you can see he became braver. For example when he charge the guard trying to kill him so he could rescue Sam. When he was younger he always wanted to do what Sam did but when he became mature, he started to rely that he can think for himself. In the end he is a mature young adult who always did what had to be done with out playing games with his mother just to get out of chores instead he got down and dirty and did what work needed to be done.

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This is very interesting but it needs more information on the characters.. But anyway Thanks for the reviewing of the book!


I also found this book a good book to read but yes we need more information on the characters…..


Yeah it does need more info on the characters. I haven’t been able to fin a single site with a complete description of the characters or at least a list of them. but thanks anyway


This is a good book but we need more info for the Characters.