From begger and thief in 17th Century England to a respected landowner in the colonial Province of Maine, Marietta Lufford is one of the most courageous women in American literature. Her reminisces as an undaunted, troubled child in London, her adventurous journey to the New World and the tribulations of surviving there make this novel a most compelling read. The incidents in her life are factual, weaving in and out of here life, dominating her world and revealing a documentary of life in the 1600s. Virginia Chute has masterfully written a history of that period in the language of the times. 2006 paperback, 429 pages.