Samuel is an orphan whose mother
passed away after living in a poor
house. He soon decides that living
on the streets is better than the
poorhouse. Samuel wants the one
reminder of his mother, her locket.
He steals it from a merchant and
runs back to the docks , a wretched
part of London, to sleep, hoping
that he won’t be recognized Sadly,
he is. He is awaken by a sharp kick
to the ribs.
In 1606 Samuel Collier had been arrested for stealing his mother’s locket, taken to jail and subsequently sent to an orphanage. Getting into fights with the other boys, it is recommended he go to the New World as an apprentice to Captain John Smith. Samuel, another orphan, the Reverend and John Smith stand at the docks in Massachusetts, observing cargo loaded on threeships chartered by the Virginia Company.
This chapter finds Samual Collier and the other members of the Virginia company becalmed on the Atlantic ocean on to far from the coast of England. The dire situation and conditions of the ship are starting to display themselves even more and tempers are high. While Sam is focused on describing the between decks that the passengers find themselves stuck in with all its sights and sounds, he also describes the unrest that results in a confrontation between his master, Captain John Smith and Master Wingfield at the end of the chapter. Here Same worries that while Smith has gotten the upper hand this time, Wingfield and his aristocratic power could come back to haunt him and his master Captain Smith.
While the ship was at sea Samuel became very ill One day when he is feeling better he goes above deck to dump the slop bucket and Captain Newport follows him down the ladder. Captain Newport is there to arrest Captain Smith for intent to overthrow the government of the mission, murder the council members and make himself ruler. The charges are obviously trumped up by Master Wingfield. Captain Smith’s ankles and wrists are put into chains.
Captain Smith is in Prison but Reverend Hunt convinces the men not to kill him
On Nevis they begin to build a gallows to hang Captain Smith. He is imprisoned. Reverend Hunt gives a sermon on lying and repenting. It is directed toward Master Wingfield and Master Ratcliff. Smith tells Samuel about being a prisoner and escaping from his master.Hunt lets him go free and tells him to be more respectful. They leave but stop to hunt. One of the gentlemen dies from heat exhaustion and they bury him.
They have finally made it to land after being on the boat for a while. They soon realize that there are Indians on the land. They open the box that they carried from England and find out who their leaders will be. Captain Smith is named, and some are angered by this decision. The Indians bring baskets with some supplies and they make trades. Captain Smith plays a big part in speaking with the Indians. They talk about what they would do if an attack happens. James says he would run back to the ships.
Long voyage, new people, new land, new way of life. Make friends, not enemies.
John Smith encourages Samuel to learn sword fighting and Algonquian. John Smith is cleared and sworn in on the council. Sickness comes to Jamestown—fever, swollen faces, diarrhea, moaning and death. No one is strong enough to farm or hunt. Colonists theorize about its cause. Samuel discovers that Master Wingfield has a stash of food. Samuel struggles with his promise not to tell. He tells Captain Smith.
This chapter opens with the colony of Jamestown under siege from the Powhatan. Samuel and others are training with Captain John Smith to learn how to manage armor, use a sword and fire a musket. This is all done in preparation for an attack on the fort from the Powhatan. It turns out that there are different tribes within the Powhatan. The tribe whose land Jamestown was built on is hostile towards the settlers, but tribes from further away still want to be friendly and trade. When they here there friendly cry of “Wingapo” the colonists are again saved from starvation by the friendly tribes.
The chapter starts with less violence, but still bad crops. Lots of rain, and lots of birds to eat. Smith has a good repertoire with Idians and trades often. Many houses are built. Smith leaves on an expedition to find a secret passage. Men are lazy with him gone. When his ship returns, he is missing. They get a letter that Smith is well and with the Pamunkeys. Just after New Year, the corn, meat and oysters are missing. The gentlemen are
Fear and anxiety exists at camp as Captain Smith emerges from the forest. The men gather around as he recounts how he was captured, paraded around, and presented to Powhatan. Intent on killing him, a little girl cries out and lays on him to save and protect him. Several gentlemen grab Captain Smith, they bind his hands and ankles. Master Archer announces, “You are under arrest. . . Your execution will be at sunup tomorrow.”
Reverend Hunt saves Samuel from Master Archer and takes him to the chapel. There Richard and Samuel realize that Reverend Hunt does not hold the same power over the men that they had hoped. They all decide to pray for a miracle to save Captain Smith. Afterwards Samuel and Richard go down to the beach and see Captain Newport sailing in. They run to alert Reverend Hunt.
Living in Jamestown, Namontack explains that Captain Smith was adopted by Chief Powhatan in a theatrical ceremony where Pocahontas saves him. Samuel worries about the Chief believing he is the ruler over Jamestown. A ship arrives, Namontack goes to England to report back. After requiring settlers build a large home and excess rations, Ratcliffe is sent home. Samuel takes pride in John Smith as the new President. He reflects on his journey widening social circles.
On September 10, 1608, Captain John Smith took the oath of office as president and decrees that if you do not work, you do not eat, even the “gentlemen”. Later that September, Captain Newport’s ship returns to the colony bringing supplies and two women, one of which was unmarried and which later attracts the attention of every unmarried man in the colony. Namontack also returns with them and announces, in English, that he is now, “a world traveler”. Reverend Hunt, now that he can converse with him, tries to convert Namontack to Christianity without success.
Captain Newport has orders from the Virginia Company to place a crown on Chief Powhatan and make him a prince under King James and, therefore, making all of his people English subjects. While in England, Namontack met the King of England and shares a disappointing and disgusting report of the King and declares that Chief Powhatan is a true king. Captain Smith is disgusted and angry at the whole idea as well and asks how can you make an emperor into a prince and what right does he have, from across the ocean, to make Powhatan his subject. Captain Smith and Samuel both know that this is not going to go over well.
Feast with Chief Powhatan at Weowocomoco
Samuel and Namontack are the main characters in this chapter. It is during this chapter that the two boys make the long trek to Werowocomoco. Samuel realizes that Namontack has a pretty neat lifestyle at his home. He enjoys the food and the laughter, he mentions there was more laughter and food in one night than a whole year in James Town. Samuel thoroughly enjoyed the evening, however as Samuel is preparing to go to sleep he is worried how Chief Powhatan will receive the news of the coronation.
Captain Newport meets with Chief Powhatan to grant him gifts and appoint him Prince under the King. Chief Powhatan accepts the gifts but refuses to kneel for the crown and it is clear he is not pleased with encroaching emperors in his land. While dealing with the anger John Smith has towards Newport for the attempt to reign in Chief Powhatan, Sam watches as Reverend Hunt grows more and more ill. Sam thanks him for all he has taught until he takes his final breath, passing away
Samuel is afraid Ann and her baby, Virginia, will die if they stay in JamesTown so he decides to act out of love. He steals the baby, making sure he is seen leaving, and takes her to Point Comfort in order to force Ann to follow. John and Ann are so angry upon their arrival in Point Comfort that they want Samuel hanged.