"I feel strange inside sometimes. I feel different from the new children here. I even feel different from Caleb at times. I think it is because only those of us who lived here truly know how it was this past winter. We care about different things now, important things."
"In Book One, Lizzie and her family settle in the Jamestown Colony. In Book Two, Lizzie and the settlers struggle through a harsh winter of starvation. Now, Lizzie meets new challenges, even as hard times give way to happier ones."
At Mistress Bartlett's, Elizabeth works with her good friends Mary Dobson and Temperance Flowerdew, but still detests stitchery. One day, Lord Delaware posts new rules with severe punishments. Not long after, Elizabeth runs into Lord Delaware, knocking him off his feet. That September, Lord Delaware invites Elizabeth to visit him. However, instead of the punishment she expects, he gives her praise for her bravery during the starving time.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth takes Abigail to Mistress Whistler's to nurse every morning. She suspects that Mistress Whistler wants to marry her father, when she gives Elizabeth a message for him. Elizabeth waits many days to give her father the message. Her father seems happier over the next few weeks and eventually asks his children about him marrying Mistress Whistler. Elizabeth gives her blessing and her father is engaged to Mistress Whistler the following day.
Elizabeth is invited back to Lord Delaware's home. This time, she speaks her mind and convinces him to commute one of his cruel punishments. Wedding preparations go on for the next few weeks, until her father and Mistress Whistler exchange vows on November 1, 1610. Elizabeth writes less and less as a new winter begins. In the new year, she writes about future hopes and dreams for herself and her growing family.