Kit left her island home of Jamaica because her grandfather died. She was expected to marry a man she did not love and fled to avoid the marriage and live with her other family members in America.
When Kit arrives at her new home, she realizes that her carefree island life will be dramatically different in her new Puritan community. She is immediately thought to be a witch because she can stay afloat in water. She is expected to work hard, marry and attend church....all without complaint.