A New York Times Bestselling Author , A Pulitzer Prize-winning Author -- In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Geraldine Brooks creates a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. Growing up restless and curious in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans, Bethia Mayfield yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. At twelve, she forges a friendship with Caleb, the son of a Wampanoag chieftain. Bethia's minister father makes Caleb's education his project, and a year later Caleb is in Harvard while Bethia finds herself an indentured servant in Cambridge.