Kit Tyler used to be pampered, loved, and cared for in her luxurious home on Barbados. The sun always shone and the sea was always warm. Her grandfather taught her to read, even though women usually couldn’t read in Colonial times.
Then her grandfather dies, leaving a pile of debt, and Kit is uprooted to live with relatives in the British Colony of Connecticut.
Why is everyone shocked to learn that Kit can swim? How can her family expect her to do servants’ work, like gardening and making soap? Why must she pack away her beautiful dresses and trade them for rough, plain working dresses? What exactly does the handsome, rich William want from her? And why is everyone so scared of Hannah Tupper, the Quaker woman who lives alone on Blackbird Pond?