By promising seven years of labor to a fellow traveler, Jasper earns passage aboard the Mayflower and closes the door on his troubled past. When the crew arrives at Plymouth, they find a countryside of magnificent beauty, but also a life of harsh struggle. Jonathan strikes out on his own and forms a powerful friendship with the feared Nauset tribe. His document of the arduous ocean crossing and first year in the New World shows his physical and spiritual growth as he learns the strengths and weaknesses in himself, his Puritan people, and his Native American neighbors. Renowned historical fiction writer Ann Rinaldi presents the story of Jasper, a 14-year-old Pilgrim who makes his mark at Plymouth by establishing a friendship with the Nauset Indians.