Biddy Mason tells her life story to a judge while petitioning for freedom from slavery. Students learn about her arduous, seven-month journey from Missippi to California on foot. Biddy learns that California has abolished slavery and petitions to be freed. She wins her freedom, and through her hard work as a midwife nurse, becomes a wealthy and well-respected member of the community. Biddy uses her riches to feed the poor and devotes time to visiting prisoners.
This story is a testament to her character and spirit during which students learn about the life of an important and influential woman in 1800s California.