Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of herâ€”but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home heâ€™s ever known.
So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginiaâ€™s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as heâ€™s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiramâ€™s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.
This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and childrenâ€”the violent and capricious separation of familiesâ€”and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of todayâ€™s most exciting thinkers and writers,Â The Water DancerÂ isÂ a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.