A threadbare fictional fabric barely covers some earnest regional research concerning the early days of the New Haven (Connecticut) Colony and the real persons who settled there in 1638. This mostly concerns the domestic and public rebellions of Anne Eaton, wife of Theophilus, a governor of the colony. Theophilus, who deferred in the theocratic hierarchy to the austere judgments of the Rev. Davenport, was not able to countenance Anne's defiant Baptist leanings, her unwomanly interest in politics, and her unsuitable friendships with a spirited neighbor and a mildly dissident schoolmaster. History wends its weary way against Anne's head-tossing declarations and air of endless umbrage, sure to tax the reader even more than Theophilus.