When his father dies, and his older brother inherits the family’s estate in Stogumber, England, William Sherborn becomes an easy target for companies recruiting skilled workers for the Massachusetts Bay Colony in New England. A devout Puritan, which makes him a persecuted political outcast in 1640, eighteen years old with a civil war and conscription looming, he believes his decision to emigrate is God’s will. The colonies promise land grants for weavers and a Puritan congregation. William leaps at the chance to belong and be counted and boards a ship for the British colonies in north America with his inheritance: a bit of cash, his father’s loom, and two spinning wheels.
Twenty-four years later, the year his tenth child is born, he must admit that he might have been mistaken. Although he has reaped the bounty of God’s Providence tenfold, the political winds turn, the Indians become enemies, and his children leave the faith. What he had fled in England may have followed him to New England. Can he escape his fate?