Anna's is a young lady who can speak English who belongs to a small group of Amish who simply need to get away from the country (Germany) that they are living in. They want land of their own and the freedom to worship as they desire. The sadness of death drives them along the way.
Been chosen, against her will, to make the journey Anna finds herself becoming intrigued by the carpenter of the book, Bairn. Bairn finds himself watching a lady that he does not wish too and being happily plagued by an inquisitive Amish boy who is simply into EVERYTHING. Felix is a happy eager child, worried about his momma, and totally enjoying life on the ship (NOT a boat). :)
The sailors live their lives full of superstitions and having the Amish on board with their women, children and flowers is a cause of great concern for them. Trouble at sea, a captain that over crowds his ship, dealing with slavers, seeing God's grace at work, a mystery, bad dreams, a time of reckoning. This book is filled with story lines of interest. The characters are well-developed and hope for new life is received.
If you are a person who enjoys Amish fiction and would like to step out of the farming scene, this book is for you. It brings in understanding of why people needed to leave and how dangerous the ocean crossings could be. God's grace in action is shown throughout the book. Anna's growth as a young woman is clearly seen, in her obedience despite her lack of comfort in the situations God placed her in.
It's a good read.