Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads north. Aided by the Underground Railroad, Eliza, her son, and her husband George run toward Canada. As they flee to freedom, another slave, Uncle Tom, is sold. Too loyal to abuse his master's trust, too Christian to rebel, Tom wrenches himself from his family. Befriending and saving a white child, Evangeline St. Clare, Tom is purchased by her father in gratitude and taken to their home. Although Evangeline's father resolves to free his slaves, his death prevents him from taking action. So, Tom is sent to Simon Legree.