Jane Clarke leads a simple yet rich life in the small village of Satucker on Cape Cod, but at twenty-two, she knows things will change. Someday, perhaps soon, she will be expected to move out of her father's home and start a household of her own. A bitter feud between her father and a fellow miller erupts into a shocking act of violence and Jane's lifelong trust in her father is shaken. When she defies her father's choice of son-in-law, she is sent away to Boston to make her living as she can. Father against daughter, loyalist against rebel, command against free will--the battles are complicated when her growing attachment to her frail aunt, her friendship with the bookseller Henry Knox, and the unexpected kindness of the British soldiers pit her against the townspeople who taunt them and her own beloved brother, Nate, a law clerk working for John Adams.