After experiencing severe hardship during her young life, fifteen-year old Deborah Sampson has finally found true love with eighteen-year old Robbie Thomas. Before the two of them can get married, Robbie feels obligated to fight for his country against the British in the Revolutionary War. When he is killed in action, a grief-stricken Deborah decides to carry on in his honor by disguising herself as a man and joining the Continental Army. In addition to facing the horrors of war, "Private Robert Shurtlieff" must go to extraordinary lengths to prevent his fellow soldiers from discovering his real identity. Based on a true story, I'm Deborah Sampson is a classic work of historical young adult fiction from one of the most popular writers in the genre.