In 1607, when John Smith and his "Coatmen" arrive in Powhatan to begin settling the colony of Virginia, their relations
with the village's inhabitants are anything but warm. Pocahontas, the beloved daughter of the Powhatan chief,
Mamanatowic, is just eleven; but in spite of her age, this astute young girl acts with wisdom and compassion, and plays
a fateful, peaceful role in the destinies of two peoples.
Drawing from the personal journals of John Smith, Joseph Bruchac, winner of the American Book Award for Breaking
Silence, reveals an important part of history through the eyes of two historic figures.