For Felicity Merriman, 1776 starts off with good news. Grandfather tells her that her beloved horse Penny is going to have a foal. Felicity has one worry -- Jiggy Nye. He has been cruel to Penny in the past. Will he be cruel to her again when he gets out of jail? Soon Felicity has other worries, too. The Merrimans believe in independence for the colonies. But the family of Elizabeth, Felicity's best friend, believes in loyalty to the king. Suddenly, Elizabeth's father is jailed for being a Loyalist. Will the friendship between Felicity and Elizabeth survive the many changes -- both happy and sad -- that both girls face?