-- A historical novel that realistically depicts life in 17th-century Quebec from the point of view of a French teenager
The year is 1672. Eighteen-year-old Jeanne Chatel, the heroine of the story, has just been chosen as a "king's daughter", one of the hundreds of young women sent to the wilderness of North America by the French government to become the brides of farmers, soldiers, and trappers.
Orphaned at age ten, Jeanne has been raised in a convent. But with her independent spirit, she doesn't hesitate when she's given the chance to go to New France, as Quebec was then known. Her vivid imagination conjures up a brilliant new life full of romance and adventure.
Upon arrival in New France, however, Jeanne discovers that she must put aside her romantic dreams. Her husband is not a dashing young military officer, but a proud, silent trapper who lives with his two small children in a remote cabin -- a man whose beloved first wife was killed by the Iroquois. Jeanne must draw on all her courage and imagination to adjust to this backwoods life and respond to the