Peter Cook has a good life as a bound boy by a master who treats him like a son. Everything changes the day that Peter discovers that his master has died of the black plague and he is thrown out of the great house. Peter soon meets a group of people called Separatists—because they have chosen to separate from the established Church of England. Join young Peter and his friends, as they make the long and dangerous trip across the Atlantic Ocean. There they meet the Native American people whom they called Indians. Peter befriends one of them, Squanto, and celebrates the first Thanksgiving as a Pilgrim.
Louise A. Vernon was born in Coquille, Oregon. As children, her grandparents crossed the Great Plains in covered wagons. After graduating from Willamette University, she studied music and creative writing, which she taught in the San Jose public schools.