Friendship shines brightly in the novel Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson when Curzon’s military friends help Curzon and Isabel escape from a cruel slave owner. Curzon had believed himself a free man when his former owner discovered him serving with the Continental Army. The previous owner forced Curzon back into his life as a slave. However, Curzon's owner made the mistake of not counting on the loyalty of Curzon’s friends. Themes in the novel include race relations, social class, and the conditions at Valley Forge.