I'll provide a detailed summary of chapter 1 for this answer.
Chapter 1 begins in April of 1687, and we are introduced to Kit Tyler standing on the deck of a ship heading toward Connecticut. We are not told why she is heading to Connecticut, but we do find out that she is leaving Barbados. Chapter 1 also introduces readers to Nat, and we get to see the beginning of a possible attraction between the two characters. The ship eventually drops anchor and passengers and supplies are off loaded. Kit is none too excited to head into shore and thinks that Connecticut looks incredibly dreary.
Kit glanced again at the forbidding shore. She could see nothing about it to put such a twinkle of anticipation in anyone's eye. Could there be some charm that was not visible from out here in the harbor?
This is not Kit's final destination, but she decides to get a closer look at America. She accompanies the passengers to shore, but the she must return to the ship. On the way back to the ship, a little girl...
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