The book has a foreword by the author, where she explains how she came to bear the name Pocahontas herself. The thoroughly goes through the events surrounding John Smith and the original Pocahontas.
as high as a man's head within seven weeks of the planting, there was not enough to satisfy the hungry.
By mid-June the fort was built on a low and level half-acre, which was shaped like a triangle. There were streets of occupied houses--each of which had about thirty feet clearance of the palisade. Mud or thatched-reed clamped heavy roofs on the early huts, making them suffocatingly hot. Added to this misery, the eating of molded corn and drinking of brackish water downed nearly all, and killed half of the colonists before the summer had passed. Once only five men were up and about. "Had we been as free from all sins as gluttony and drunkenness we might have been canonized," observed Smith.
Unwilling to be among the downed, he cured himself somehow and learned to subsist on crabmeat and sturgeon, going foraging, trading and exploring up and down the rivers with a few hardy survivors. He heard a great deal about the great Powhatan whose realm included all of the country from the Roanoke River i