It’s about spiritual warfare. Just because we can’t see it going on around us right now with our physical eyes doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It does. So the genre of the novel is speculative historical fiction and family saga, based on biblical truths about the spirit world.
Will Clayton Sr. (1632-1689), a family man and early Founder of America, is a reluctant demon breaker.
The novel is finished. This is only a (gapped) summary.
Up the Delaware River, November 1677
A certain Mrs. Smith, recently widowed, and her indentured servant Sally Holcomb have troubles and mishaps. Afterwards evil things happen. Quakers are called to investigate.
Bridlington (later renamed Burlington), on Delaware River, W. Jersey, Late December 1677
Up north near the Delaware R., PA side (tho’ it wasn’t called PA at that time), William Clayton (Will Sr. or WC) and older Quaker couple investigates report of witchcraft.
WC sees demons, but others don’t. WC and Friends confront Puritans on the scene. Will stays with spiritually attacked family. The Puritans return to Elizabethtown, East Jersey and complain to Puritan church authorities about Will Clayton’s interference in the investigation; an arrest warrant is issued. Older Quaker couple return home, gossiping all the way; two Dutchmen overhear her on the flatboat going back down the Delaware R.
Sill up north, WC visits a neighbor’s household that is also oppressed.
On the same days, a spiritual counterattack takes place on WC’s family back in Bridlington. Will Jr. takes off down river to a Dutch tavern or public house.
Clayton family stunned by aftermath of spiritual attack on WC’s family. Two Dutchmen remember Clayton name from the boat ride. Will Jr.’s mother and one of his sisters go and rescue him. Clayton mother and family is informed Will Jr. is imprisoned by Dutchmen. Mrs. Clayton and a daughter go to rescue him. They meet a Friend, James Brown.
Mother and daughter and JB go down river, still on rescue mission. Daughter may be a demon seer, though she wasn’t expecting it.
Will Sr. leaves the neighbor’s house and meets an Indian, and he leads him to his clan, which is being oppressed.
James Brown goes up river to tell the Claytons of the developments.
Will Sr. returns home and hears the latest news. he immediately takes James down river to help rescue Will Jr. and his wife and daughter.
Oldest daughter back in Bridlington and her Quaker friend are invited to a Winter Festival by worldly wise Anglicans; two girls humiliate the Quakers. Back at Clayton residence, kids visit James who had returned.
Mrs. Clayton and daughter and JB rescue Will Jr. from Dutch but now he’s arrested by English from the arrest warrant (see Chapter 2). Will Sr. is on scene and back at the navy’s headquarters and tells the officer that the arrest warrant is for Will Sr., not for Will Jr. Will Sr. is put in chains.
Will Jr., mother and daughter return upstream. Will Sr. is arrested in Jr.’s place and is taken to Elizabethtown in E. Jersey.
We zigzag between the household in Bridlington and Will Sr. on ship being transported to Elizabethtown. Will meets four slaves, being sold to New York.
We again zigzag between Will Clayton, who gets abused by the sergeant on ship, and the family back in Bridlington.
Three days later Will reaches Elizabethtown by armed escort over land. Will Sr. is arraigned and meets a friendly, well-educated Puritan lawyer. The four slaves are taken up to New York.
Will Sr. and lawyer strategize, while the family back in Bridlington is called before the church elders in a disciplinary Meeting to answer questions about all the goings on and the worldly Anglican festival.
Will Jr. and brother Joseph go up north to ask for help at Will Sr.’s trial.
Second week in March, 1677
The Friends are ready to go up to Elizabethtown from Bridlington, and off they go. The travelers reach Elizabethtown, and there’s a standoff between the Friends and Puritans.
The next day the trial begins.
Days: throughout the second week
Third Monday in March, 1677, Elizabethtown (later renamed Elizabeth), East New Jersey
The trial begins. Verdict is unanimous: guilty, which carries mandatory execution by hanging (historical fact). Mayhem in the courtroom (Assembly Hall). Will and his allies retreat to prison compound. The Puritan town fathers lay siege to it.
The remaining content and chapters are withheld—too many spoilers.
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