Alison Treat and Sidney Judson have been traveling together for more than 20 years.
Judson is the main character in Treat's debut novel, "One Traveler," recently released by Eynon-based Avventura Press. Treat explained that the idea for the novel, which takes place shortly before the beginning of the Civil War, first came to her while a teenager.
"I had read "Gone With the Wind" and I thought I wanted to write a book for more of a northern perspective about the Civil War," she said. "I wanted to give a perspective that was different from "Gone with the Wind" because that is very much about glorifying the south and how the antebellum days were charming and beautiful. I wanted to remember slavery and all that rested on the backs of the slaves."
Judson is a 17-year-old boy whose parents were southern slaveholders. When his parents were killed, he went to Wilkes-Barre to live with his aunt and uncle, who were involved with the Underground Railroad. The novel chronicles Judson's personal growth as his views and opinions of slavery change.
Treat will sign copies of "One Traveler" at Duffy's Coffee House, 312 S. State St., on Saturday, March 16, from 4-6 p.m. The book is also available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Treat is currently working on a sequel to "One Traveler" and hopes that Judson's story, along with the stories of the book's other characters, helps people have a better understanding of the Civil War era.
"I hope the book conveys in some sense the difficult journey it was for those who pursued freedom and the difficulties that those who helped them encountered, whether they were black or white," she said. "I am in such awe of the courage it took. We are so removed from it today; I can't imagine that more than 150 years ago we still had slavery in our country. I have a great respect for the people who made that journey and the people who helped them escape."