What does it mean when the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence is your father and also your slave master?Â Beverly, Harriet, Madison, and Eston are Thomas Jeffersonâ€™s children, but their mother is a slave, so they must keep their fatherâ€™s identity secret. They get special treatmentâ€”better work, better shoes, even violin lessonsâ€”but they are still slaves. Their father has promised to set them all free when each turns twenty-one. Some of them are light-skinned enough that they will be able to enter white societyâ€”and thereby turn their backs on home forever. Others wonâ€™t have that option. So just what did their father mean when he wrote all men are created equal?Â Â Â Â Told in three parts from the points of view of three of Jeffersonâ€™s slavesâ€”Beverly, Madison, and a third boy close to the Hemings familyâ€”these engaging and poignant voices shed light on what life was like as one of Thomas Jeffersonâ€™s invisible offspring.