Kunta Kinte, a headstrong and clever teenager, is captured and sold into slavery from the Kingdom of Niumi in the 1760s.
After landing in America, Kunta is sold to an ill-tempered tobacco plantation owner.
When the Revolutionary War breaks out, Kunta joins the British in pursuit of emancipation as his thirst for freedom remains unbroken.
Kizzy gives birth to Tom Lea's son, George, and decides to kill herself. At the last moment, Kizzy chooses to live like her father.
George grows up to work for his father and master, Tom Lea. He is assigned to work with Mingo to take care of the fighting birds.
Tom Lea promises that he'll give George the opportunity to buy his freedom someday. Marcellus offers to purchase Kizzy but Tom refuses.
Chicken George returns to America as a free man after twenty years of cockfighting in England and finds his family.
After Secessionist troops rape his wife, Tom agrees to help Nancy with a plot to kill an officer and abscond with military intelligence.