The American colonies lie on the brink of revolution, and eleven-year-old Kate Milton is torn between the two sides of the approaching conflict. Her parents are firm Loyalists, and her father, a doctor, believes it is his duty as an Englishman to obey the law, even if he disagrees with it. Kate thinks some of what the Loyalists say make sense. But her other relatives, including her cousin, Colin, who is her closest friend, are all Patriots, and some of what they say makes sense to Kate, too. When Kate witnesses the Boston Tea Party in December 1773, it just leaves her more confused. Over the next year and a half, Kate struggles with what role to take in the war that seems certain to come, especially when the British government punishes Boston harshly for the destruction of the tea and British soldiers occupy the city, and she continues to be torn between the two sides.
This report prepared by Rebecca Herman