This story is centered on a young girl, Miriam Willard, and her family. Algonquin Indians capture them from their cozy home in New Hampshire in 1754. The Indians take the family through endless forest trails. Susanna, Miriam's sister, is pregnant and has her baby on the way and she names him Captive. Miriam must deliver the baby to in order for it to survive. After resting very rarely, the Indians stop at an Indian camp. They sell the family as servants and send the whole family, except Susanna, to Montreal. The family is separated. The rich Du Quense family buys Miriam and she works there as a servant. Felicity, the daughter, does not know English, therefore the mother sends Miriam to teach her every morning. Before long the two girls become friends. When Filicity's fiancee falls in love with Miriam, her mother becomes jealous and kicks Miriam out of the house. Hortense, a servant whom Miriam had bonded with, offered a place in her home. In order to make money, Miriam became a dressmaker for the governor's wife. The governor had recently put the rest of her family in jail for being traders. Miriam tells the governor's wife the story of how she got to where she was and how hard she worked. The wife takes pity on her and gets the governor to release her family from jail. Miriam is proven to be a brave and courageous young woman. She is smart and very strong willed. You will find many examples of this as you read the book.
I recommend this book to people who like adventure and suspense. Speare does a great job with words and will definitely give you a wide variety of writing styles. I found this book very exciting and suspenseful. It is an excellent book to read on long trips because it will keep you reading and you will not notice the time.