In 1863, Mississippi farmer Newt Knight serves as a medic for the Accomplice Military. Against slavery, Knight would somewhat assist the wounded than struggle the Union. After his nephew dies in battle, Newt returns residence to Jones County to safeguard his household however is quickly branded an outlaw deserter. Compelled to flee, he finds refuge with a bunch of runaway slaves hiding out within the swamps. Forging an alliance with the slaves and different farmers, Knight leads a riot that might eternally change historical past.