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John Tradescant the Younger, gardener to Charles I, travels with his family to the Royalist colony of Virginia in hopes of finding peace from the turmoil of the British Civil War. However, John soon learns that, in both the old world and the new, chaos remains and every family must decide where its heart and loyalties lie.
On this first journey he collects plants and is introduced to Suckahanna, a Powhatan Indian whom he falls in love with. He returns to England to find his father dead and a woman dedicated to his children. John is torn but marries Hestor. Soon however he is wanting to return to Virginia. He returns hopefully to build a plantation and live with Suckahanna. He ends up living with the Indians.
This story like the Civil War bounces between England and Virginia as John is torn. At the center core is his gardening but he just can not make up his mind where his loyalities should lie: with king or country, with Hestor or Suckahanna.
I enjoyed the story and never knew that England was without the monarchy for such a length of time.