They sailed to the New World to establish England’s first permanent settlement. Today, they’re known as the Lost Colony of Roanoke—America’s most vexing and enduring mystery.
On July 23, 1587, 117 colonists landed on Roanoke Island, in present day North Carolina. Barely a month later, amid rapidly-deteriorating circumstances, Governor John White sailed back to England for additional supplies and colonists. War with Spain delayed his return to Roanoke until 1590, when he discovered the colony had vanished.
In the 21st-century a young woman unexpectedly dreams an ongoing series of mysterious, lifelike dreams of New World settlers. She eventually deduces she’s witnessing the gripping saga of the Lost Colony of Roanoke through the heart, mind, and tribulations of a young colonist named Emily Colman. Along the way, she develops a compelling emotional intimacy with Emily; but also discovers a dangerous dark side to her dreams and that there may be far more to her bond with the Lost Colony than she ever imagined.
As the dreams progress, Emily and the colonists struggle for survival against mounting adversity—internal dissent erupts, two suitors seek Emily’s favor, the powerful Powhatan chiefdom plans the colony’s demise, and four warriors from a tribe to the distant north arrive to trade with tribes near the colony. The subplots converge amidst the excruciating drama of the colony’s waning fortunes, and Emily faces terrifying, life-threatening perils that ultimately force her to make an agonizing choice that will shape and define her remaining life.