The Underground Railroad: miles and miles of railroad "lines" without so much as a track; "passengers" with a will of iron and steel, but little more than that; "station-masters", "agents", and "conductors" whose signs, secrets, and codes stake the trail to freedom.
America the Beautiful. It just may be the most exciting country in the world. There isn't a food or face, language or lifestyle that can't be found here. All you have to do is listen to this all-American family album: a Native American powwow, a New England family pilgrimage, a car-trip from South Dakota to Montana retracing the thousand-mile covered wagon route detailed in their "Grandma's Diary" a century earlier.
It's summertime; carefree barefoot days of mischief and fun. Steamboats glide the Mighty Mississippi, churning river waters in an endless splash and spill. The captain gives a sign. Whistles blare their hearty hoot. Packets bulge full of the goods: tales you wouldn't believe. Meet Sam Clemens, the young "printer's devil," who would soon be known the world over as writer Mark Twain.