It could be cornflakes, the story of seventeen-year-old Elizabeth who flees from an unwanted marriage to the settlement's odious preacher into the arms of virile, upstanding Wakwa, a Massachusetts Indian. But so firmly and fully does Swann recreate the practices of everyday life among the Cape Cod colonists and the neighboring Indians that one accepts the lovers at their own assessment, and reads on to discover how they'll fare. Once succored by Wakwa, Elizabeth never returns home again, and eventually they marry. He is a skilled negotiator between his tribe and the English, and enjoys the confidences of Elizabeth's unconventional uncle, among others. Their match causes numerous complications for both groups and necessitates much dressing up, ritualizing, and exchange of proposals. The perfidious Hudson, Elizabeth's intended, must be dealt with on another level. Responsible and deliberate--for those who like to read with their feet on a footstool.