The story opens during the early settlement of New England about the year 1630, ten years after the founding of Plymouth colony. Living in New Plymouth, as the first settlement was called, is an old cobbler, Jeremiah Cole, a widower, and his daughter, Mercy. Governor Carver's son, Henry, arrives from Europe. He becomes interested in Mercy and later she begs Henry to marry, but he leaves the colony and she is left to face her disgrace alone. She is driven from the settlement and Henry's father, the governor, realizing the origin of the child decides to adopt him. Forty years elapse. Mercy is arrested for witchcraft and is sentenced to death by her own son, now Chief Magistrate of the colony.
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