Elspeth Monro and her grandparents recently moved from Scotland to North Carolina in 1775 to escape the poverty and political instability of their homeland and are forced to choose sides in the brewing conflict. Elspeth tries to live a normal life, spending time with friends and learning to become a weaver. Local Patriots confront the family, trying to scare and persuade them to join their cause. The Patriots are able to anticipate the family members' whereabouts, suggesting that someone is spying on them. This well-told story has an intriguing plot, and details about the Scottish settlers and life in the Colonies are carefully integrated into the narrative. The element of mystery keeps readers guessing and the family's betrayer is truly a surprise. A helpful section with information about the time period rounds out the description of this unique segment of history.
Publisher: Pleasant Company Publications