Teen-aged Eliza Lucas, better suited for the drawing rooms at Drayton Hall than the sun-baked fields of Wappoo Plantation, fought and overcame grief, treachery and an impossible love. Indefatigable in purpose and energy, she was able to provide the struggling new colonies in a critical time with a staple crop--indigo--saving the faltering economy and bracing it for the battle for sovereignty. Her strong will and streak of independence extended beyond the business world and into her personal life.
With her successful cultivation of the indigo plant, Eliza Lucas Pinckney changed the economy of the colonies, making her mark on the agricultural industry, southern society and the Crown of England. Based on her rich letters and eloquent journals, this true story reveals the perseverance, independence and true grit that sustained this colorful woman's journey to a better future for herself, her family, her society and our fledgling democracy.
"Once again, with keenness of insight and perception previously unrevealed in historical novels of this period, Pamela Bauer Mueller provides us with an enlightening glimpse into the world of an exceptional woman in colonial America. Eliza Lucas Pinckney's story offers an illuminating awareness of the unique culture of indigo planting, while also presenting an intimate perspective of everyday life in colonial Charles Town and its low country environs. Not only is this an educational story of a remarkable 18th century woman with extraordinary courage, skill and grit, but it is also an absolute delight to read!" Buddy Sullivan, Coastal Georgia Historian, Award Winning Author