England, 1609. Matthew did not trust his friend, Richard’s stories of Paradise in the Jamestown settlement, but nothing could have equipped him for the violence and privation that awaited him in this savage land.
Once ashore in the fledgling settlement, Matthew experiences the unimaginable beauty of this pristine land and learns the meaning of hope, but it all turns into a nightmare as gold mania infests the community and Indians become an increasing threat. The nightmare only gets worse as the harsh winter brings on “the starving time” and all the grizzly horrors of a desperate and dying community that come with it.
Driven to the depths of despair by the guilt of his sins against Richard and his lust for that man’s wife, Matthew seeks death, but instead finds hope in the most unexpected of places, with the Powatan Indians.
In this compelling and extensively researched historical novel, the reader is transported into a little-known time in early America where he is asked to explore the real meanings of loyalty, faith, and freedom.
Tseacommacah (in English; "densely inhabited land") is the name given by the Powhatan people to their native homeland, the area encompassing all of Tidewater Virginia and parts of the Eastern Shore.
photographer: Richard Varr
When Powhatan died in 1620, Openchancanough became the primary leader of the alliance of Indian tribes around Jamestown. Although rather cool to the English at first, he was not openly hostile. Openchancanough even agreed that some Indian families would live among the settlers.
This book will appeal to students of colonial American history from both the English and the native American point of view. More specificlly, it will engage readers who are interested in the authentic, often brutal experiences of the early Jamestown settlers and how their society differed from that of the indigenous population.
The Starving Time at Jamestown in the Colony of Virginia was a period of starvation during the winter of 1609–1610. There were about 500 Jamestown residents at the beginning of the winter. However, there were only 61 people still alive when the spring arrived.