Ten years after the Mayflower pilgrims arrived on rocky, unfamiliar soil, Plymouth is not the land its residents had imagined. In this New York Times Notable Book by the author of The Wives of Los Alamos, in reality the town is led by fervent puritans who prohibit the residents from living, trading, and worshipping as they choose. Although from different parts of society, the governor's wife, Alice Bradford, and an indentured servant's wife, Eleanor Billington, are caught up in a murder and a trial, and the motivations—personal and political—that threaten this tiny outpost in the New World.
"Restoring women's voices, primarily through Alice and Eleanor, adds a new and welcome dimension to our history, made more vivid by solid research and clear, concise prose. In Nesbit's hands, history once again comes alive."—Booklist