The author catapults the reader into the colonial world of 1773, particularly the Maryland frontier of Fredericktowne and puritan England, where you are either loyal to the crown or you are a traitor. Yet, in the fervor of patriotism and a longing for liberty grows a love that deeply binds Rebecah Brent to her hero, John Nash, a young American who has come back to England to visit his parents on the eve of the American Revolution. Everything conspires to keep them apart. First, Rebecah learns that it was Nash's sword that sliced her father's arm when Nash escaped from the Redcoats her father commanded in the colonies. A gangrenous infection sets
in, and when her father returns to England to arrange Rebecah's marriage to a rich nobleman, he dies. Rebecah's mother has already died during a terrible sickness. Now orphaned, her uncle and his family take her in, and
she feels obligated to carry out her father's wishes, to marry a man she despises. Nash begs her forgiveness, but in her grief, she refuses to do so. And so he leaves Rebecah behind to a loveless marriage and returns brokenhearted to his farm in Maryland. Rebecah struggles to do what she believes is right, but the young man from America clouds her every thought. Book One ends with Rebecah struggling with her desire to secretly carry the gold that Nash's dying father is sending to America to help finance the patriots' rebellion.
This report prepared by Bonnie Toews