The Liberator follows the rise and fall of the friendship between William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass. Garrison sacrifices all to the cause and his newspaper, The Liberator. He befriends the recently-liberated Douglass and they travel America together, agitating for immediate abolition. Reality begins to hit Fred, however, that abolition--achieved by means of moral suasion--is not so immediate. Fred splits painfully from his friend and begins his own newspaper, only to discover that their fierce disagreement continues to rage in the newspaper columns week by week. If Fred gives up on moral suasion, what new method will he embrace? Can you legislate human rights? And what is the role of the news media in that battle? And what of Thomas, the young Black apprentice, who tries desperately to follow both men, swinging between his loyalty to The Liberator or joining Fred in his new fight?