Not only does Geraldine Brooks introduce us to the Americanization of Native Americans she also gives an idea of what it was like to live as a woman in America during the seventeenth century. Bethia Mayfield is the main character. Bethia from childhood onward to adulthood loves to read and learn. Unfortunately, women were not thought to need an education. Every subject she learns comes to her not overtly but covertly. While she is an indentured servant at Harvard college and the Indian college, she works in the buttery. While there doing her chores, she listens and gleans whatever riches of knowledge possible.
She and Caleb are struggling to gain their desires in a world that holds what they want in a tight fist. Neither one of these characters give up, whine or weaken in any way. The book proves that the world is ours for the taking if a passion is real whether we are man or woman.
I especially liked learning about a woman's place in America during this time. I also liked learning about the life of an indentured servant.