Johnny is apprenticed to a silversmith but is injured and unable to ply the silversmith trade. He searches for a new trade but has problems finding something he likes. He starts to deliver papers for a Whig printer and starts to deliver messages for the Sons of Liberty.
It's been a long time since I read this. I am glad I re-read it. Set during the Revolutionary War, it brings the lead-up and the early days of the war to life. I liked Johnny and those who he came in contact with during his rides. I like that he formed a friendship with Rab. I had a clear picture of Johnny's thoughts and feelings. Written during WWII, it is very idealistic. It made me think if today's generation/society has the same idealism of freedom and liberty for all.