A Swedish saga of the migration to ""N. America"" of a small group of peasants from Ljuder Parish in the 19th century which is authentic in character, determined in detail, and patient in its portrayal of the simple stoicism of these people. Stressed here are the social and economic drives behind the migration; for Karl Oskar Nilsson, whose inherited land is heavily mortgaged, there is the promise of plenty; for Robert, his much younger brother, sent out as a bonded farmhand, there is the resentment of servitude; for Daniel, a minister, there is the hope of religious tolerance and freedom of faith; for Ulrika, the ""Glad One"" - a whore, escape; etc. etc. And in the crossing to the new country they face not only lice and seasickness, but also scurvy from which several of this small company are to die before they reach the other side. The first volume of a proposed trilogy, this is true to its period and its people, if somewhat deliberate in its handling.