Stranded on the shores of South Carolina in the year of grace 1767, Claire and Jamie Fraser, time travelers, set out to discover colonial America at the dawn of the War of Independence. Life belongs to them now as Brianna, their daughter, lives in security - at least they believe - in a future fraught with peril. So they will shape their lives as they see fit, taking a fresh start with a group of Scottish exiles in the New World to escape the oppression of the English Crown. But history spares no one... When Brianna joined them in the past, even the remote mountains where they found refuge can be protected, the Fraser, as the young woman of the twentieth century comes invested with a double mission to find her lost mother and father she does not know and, above all, save for a future tragedy which she alone holds the key. Before the doors from closing time on them ... In this fourth installment of the saga "The Circle of Stone," Diana Gabaldon explores with humor and passion for the myths of the birth of the American nation, brilliantly juxtaposing the first manned flight to the moon and the conquest of the West, puritanism of the Pilgrim Fathers and the sexual revolution.