In the civil war drama, The free State of Jones, farmer Matthew in love with the slave girl Gugu raw and climb up to the leader of a rebellion. There is a civil war: the American South to fight against the North. Newton Knight is located right in the middle. He is a strong opponent of slavery as well as the civil and believes in equal rights for all. With Serena Knight (Keri Russell), he has left behind a first unsuccessful marriage. To secrete himself from the belligerent intentions of other States, he calls a Covenant in the life, which consists only from poor farms, but has high aims: the region Jones County in Mississippi should call off the Confederacy a community life that places no value on the skin color of its citizens: the Free State of Jones. His relationship with the slave girl Rachel is a crucial driving force. He receives support Moses Washington in its endeavor of the escaped slaves.