A Tale of the Plymouth Colony1623 - 1667
The Fourth Aleyn James Novel
Sequel to HeatLightning
Captain John Smith was a visionary. His painful departure from James Towne due to a horrendous burn did little to dampen his desire to colonize. His failure to return to North America in both 1615 and 1617 only steeled his resolve to once again become part of a burgeoning colony. In 1617, two fugitives from the Church of England were planning to move their congregation from Dutch Leiden to land patents in northern Virginia, free to live and worship without interference by the Church of England. In 1620, Robert Cushman and John Carver, assisted by a champion of religious tolerance named Edwin Sandys, chartered the trade vessels Mayflower and Speedwell to transport their congregation to the New World. Smith learned of their plan and offered his services as their military leader based on his experience. His qualifications were ideal. He was familiar with the Atlantic seaboard, he was personally acquainted with several Indian tribes, and he’d drawn a detailed map of the area based on his exploration and sketches.
There remained one insurmountable obstacle. Smith and the Separatists held vastly different goals and beliefs. So instead of accepting his proposal, they bought his books and map and hired Captain Miles Standish, a military commander more in line with their particular way of thinking. After being detained by bad weather, the badly leaking Speedwell forced their return, Mayflower finally sailed, but late in the season. Instead of reaching the Hudson River during warm weather, they made landfall on Cape Cod in December. After exploring the area, they decided on the harbor Captain Smith tried so hard to colonize, the abandoned Indian village of Pautuxet, a place designated New Plymouth on his map of a land he called New England.
Nor’easter is the continuing story of Aleyn James, Acoona Stonefire, and their real and extended family. After making their way north from Spanish Florida, Aleyn wrecks their beloved pinnace Virginia on the outer banks of Cape Cod, After assimilating into the fledgling colony of New Plymouth. Aleyn and Acoona gracefully age as they farm their new land. Their children — Alan and Tara — take their place as protagonists. Their story is one of growing friction between the tribes and the English, the horrors of the Pequot War, and the growing pains of a nation struggling to be born. Although Nor'easter is book number four in my current series of five, I chose to publish it this year — 2020 — the quadricentennial of the Mayflower landing.