In 1676, an unlikely pair—a young Puritan widow and an English spy—embarks on a perilous journey across a land where greed and treachery abound.
Prudence Cotton has recently lost her husband and is desperate to find her daughter, captured by the Nipmuk tribe during King Philip’s war. She’s convinced her daughter is alive but cannot track her into the wilderness on her own. Help arrives in the form of James Bailey, an agent of the crown sent from London to Boston to investigate the murder of Prudence’s husband and to covertly cause a disturbance that would give the king just cause to seize the colonial charters and install royal governors. After his partner is murdered, James needs help too. He strikes a deal with Prudence, and together they traverse the frigid, forbidding New England landscape looking for clues. What they confront in the wilderness—and discover about each other—could forever change their allegiances and alter their destinies.