Over Riley's objections, Granddad retells the story of the boys' great-great-great-great-grandfather, Catcher Freeman. According to Granddad, it all began on the plantation of Confederate Colonel George Lynchwater, whose slaves believed that Catcher Freeman, a former slave who led an army of rebellion, was going to kill their master and secure their freedom. Not believing any of it, a slave named Tobias was planning to gain his freedom with a screenplay he was sure Lynchwater would produce, which would allow him to marry a beautiful slave named Thelma. Impatient to be free, Thelma tried to escape on her own, only to be run down and caught. But when she was rescued by Catcher, it was love at first sight and she agreed to help his brigade carry out an assault on the plantation. Although betrayed by Tobias, Catcher freed the slaves and married Thelma. However, Uncle Ruckus claims that the true story is very different from Granddad's. In the version told by Ruckus, and the only one that actually interests Riley, "Catcha" Freeman wasn't interested in freeing slaves, but rather was someone with an extraordinary ability to return them to their masters after they escaped. True to form, Ruckus claims that slavery was the best thing that ever happened to the black race, and that Colonel Lynchwater was really a kindly plantation owner whose slaves were lazy and worthless. Though Granddad disagrees, Ruckus remembers Thelma as a conniving woman who lured Catcha into an ambush by her fellow slaves before living out her life with him in Boston.