During a snowball fight one winter morning in 1811, Jake Gibson doesn't know what to make of the new boy in town. He talks funny and sure has some peculiar habits. Worst of all, he's been singled out for ridicule by William and Henry — and everyone wants to be friends with them.
But when Jake ventures out onto the treacherous ice of the Niagara River, it is the new boy, Eli McCabe, who risks his life to rescue him. Helping him is the brave and dashing General Isaac Brock.
Jake owes his life to the immigrant boy and the famous general. But when he goes to express his gratitude, he discovers that — here on the border between the United States and Canada — there are many different kinds of loyalty. And just as far-away kings and presidents are responsible for determining the fate of nations, the friends you choose can ultimately shape the course of your own destiny. In Jake's case, though, choosing friends also means making enemies. And as their community prepares to go to war, powerful enemies like William and Henry prove they will stop at nothing.