Jocelyn is of higher social standing than most of the women and is perhaps the wiliest in all of Jamestown. Sophisticated, but with an unseemly thirst for power, she won’t let the patriarchy spoil her plans for advancement. Her acerbic tongue hides a vulnerability and a secret which threatens to be her undoing. Her husband Samuel, the Company Recorder, may have status but is far too earnest, so she must find ingenious ways to advance his influence in the settlement through her own devious means.
Alice, a farm girl from Norfolk, isn’t fazed by her challenging new home. When she suffers an unspeakable torment at the hand of her intended husband, she has to seek justice in a world weighted against her and all women. Betrothed to the unflinching Henry Sharrow, Alice’s prospects look bleak, but she finds a reason to carry on - a blossoming romance with Henry’s brother, Silas. Alice’s sense of fairness and ingenuity will ensure her rightful place in the heart of this community.
Verity arrives in Jamestown seeking deliverance from her troubled past, so when faced with Meredith Rutter the Tavern Keeper as a husband, she fears she’s made a terrible mistake in leaving England. Rebellious, unabashed and vehemently opposed to injustice, Verity finds herself in conflict with the authorities of the town due to her outspoken nature. Verity soon sees the real potential of this beautiful land and knows if she is going to be part of this community, she must protect the people she loves.
Silas Sharrow was one of the first settlers. He has grown from boy to man on this land, and has known little but deference and hard work. When Alice arrives in Jamestown, a rift emerges in his family and he has to learn the true meaning of sacrifice. Faced with a love he had never considered, Silas must become a man of humility and principles.
Henry Sharrow, Alice’s intended husband, is one of the Ancients - the first settlers to lay claim to land in Virginia. A diligent and hard-working man, he protected his younger brothers through the darkest times in Jamestown’s early history. When Henry commits an unconscionable crime, he faces an explosive confrontation from his usually doting brother Silas.
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Meredith Rutter, the Tavern Keeper, is amongst the most benevolent landlords you’ll ever find. His verbal sparring and drunken blustering offers much entertainment for his tavern regulars but he’s not to be underestimated – there’s little that goes unnoticed by Rutter. In precious moments of sobriety, Meredith finds a real affection for Verity, strengthened by the adversity they have both overcome.
Governor George Yeardley, close confidant of King James of England, travels to Jamestown to right the fortunes of this ailing settlement. A force for change, his arrival earns him several enemies. A strong and fair leader, but all men have a fault and even he is not above a little dirty dealing. Yeardley will find himself establishing democracy for some, whilst enabling the servitude of others.
Temperance is devoted - to her husband and to God. Judgmental of others, it is not until she’s forced to cohabit with the other women of this settlement that Temperance sees the reality of her subordination and realizes the potential power she has.
Farlow, the Company Secretary, is the epitome of Jacobean extravagance. He is able to ingratiate himself with many but he is perhaps the most callous of all. Grandiose and vain, yet repressed, this contrast at his heart makes him bitter and capable of grievous vengeance.
Massinger is the landowner of Jamestown’s largest plantations. A ruthless man of business, he lacks any sentimentality to those he’s lived alongside in this remote land for years. An unflinching ability to carry a grudge makes him a dangerous enemy to have.
Redwick, the once powerful Town Marshall, finds himself usurped. His influence made impotent as the power struggle within Jamestown intensifies, he attempts more extreme actions to seize control from his learned adversaries.
James Read, the Blacksmith, is a man of fierce principles and profound passions. He has felt the solitude of this settlement more acutely than most and finds Alice truly intoxicating. Through his desire to protect her, James learns how to love another unconditionally without seeking reparation. He’s something of an anchor in this turbulent town but his renowned integrity faces challenges as the settlement evolves with the changing world.
Opechancanough, an influential tribal leader, has long been a central part of the conflict and peaceful negotiations between the English settlers and the native peoples. Recent breaches of boundaries and the arrival of women into Jamestown have made him suspicious. Always measured and respectful, he seeks ways to match the English like for like, whilst retaining honour for his people and their way of life.
Chacrow is a fearless Pamunkey warrior. He has no trouble outwitting the English but can’t help but be captivated by their way of life. He forms a close connection with Silas, and becomes a confidant of sorts, but has demands to make in return that may compromise both men.
Dr Christopher Priestly is a man of medicine. With a progressive and enquiring mind, he manages to extricate himself from much of the politicking within the town. His compassionate nature makes him a popular figure in the settlement, particularly with Jocelyn. Desperate for someone to appreciate her ingenuity, she delights in Christopher’s attentiveness and sharp wit. But as a good friend of Jocelyn’s husband, Samuel, Christopher finds himself in conflict.
Mercy is a simple soul, so as maid to the complicated and conspiratorial Jocelyn, she is entirely out of her depth. Eager to please and not to be defeated, Mercy rises to the challenge and becomes invaluable to Jocelyn, as well as her closest companion. Mercy grows a great deal whilst in Jamestown. She’s influenced by the surrounding Native Americans and the duplicity of those in charge of Jamestown, but manages to show those close to her a simple approach to finding the joy in life.
Pepper is the youngest of the Sharrow brothers and came to Jamestown as a child. His brothers tried to protect him but he’s lost loved ones and lived through real hardship. He’s inspired by both his brothers’ grit and determination but his warmth and optimism is a comfort to his new sister-in-law, Alice.
Pepper’s sweet disposition attracts the attention of the young maid Mercy but a friendship as pure as theirs might struggle to survive in a land of challenge and adventure.
Pedro was taken from his native Kongo by the Portuguese. Arriving in Jamestown he found himself assigned to work for Master Massinger. It was clear to Pedro that his situation was a little different to the other tenured workers. Of noble decent in his homeland, Pedro is a proud and accomplished man. He soon formulates a plan to better his life in Virginia but there are some who have a more sinister vision of the future, a future Pedro is a central part of. When Pedro falls in love he finds his plan and even his life in jeopardy.
Maria was separated from her family in Angola before being brought to Jamestown. As a skilled farmer she proves to be very valuable to her Master, Governor Yeardley but recognises more acutely than most that her situation is different to the other poor people in Jamestown. She forms bonds with the women as their lives become entwined, but her defiant resistance to assimilation makes her the focus of some of Jamestown’s most dangerous players.
Samuel, Jocelyn’s husband, holds a revered position as Company Recorder. He is respected for his diligence and admired for his kind manners; meaning the more calculating inhabitants of the town underestimate him. He is mesmerized by Jocelyn’s strength of character but is always one step behind; his lack of boldness leaves Jocelyn seeking stimulation elsewhere.
Like many 17th Century men of the cloth, Rev. Michaelmas Whitaker is plagued by superstition. When the women arrive in Jamestown, they bring change and upheaval; but in the eyes of the Reverend, their coming signals sin and vice. Shocked by the precociousness of the women, Whitaker becomes determined to instil some virtue in this blossoming society.
Davie is an outcast, once a member of the Jamestown community; he chose to live amongst the Indians. Fully ensconced within a local tribe, he’s proof that relations between the Natives and the Colonists can be amicable but where truly do his allegiances lie?