A love affair tests a new nation s revolutionary ideals.
In 1770s Boston, a prosperous merchant s daughter, Eliza Boylston, lives a charmed life until war breaches the walls of the family estate and forces her to live in a world in which wealth can no longer protect her.
As the chaos of the Revolutionary War tears her family apart, Eliza finds herself drawn to her uncle s slave, John Watkins. Their love leads to her exile in Braintree, Massachusetts, home to radicals John and Abigail Adams and Eliza s midwife sister-in-law, Lizzie Boylston. But even as the uprising takes hold, Eliza can t help but wonder whether a rebel victory will grant her and John the most basic of American rights."