Based on the true story of Martha Carrier, the story is about Sarah Carrier who is 10 years old when her mother is accused of being a witch. Martha Carrier is a resolute woman who speaks her mind. This characteristic was not preferential of females during the 17th century and it caused many problems for the Carriers. Martha Carrier refused to lie to save her own life; in fact, she instructs and even pleads with Sarah to tell the judges anything they want to hear to save her own life. Martha also pleads with Sarah to persuade her brothers to do the same thing.
This book is the point of view of Sarah Carrier it takes you through her memories of that time and all that the family suffered because of fallacy and religious fanaticism. This book is brilliantly written. The plot moves promptly and does not have a lot of superfluous information. It is about a family and their fortitude, devotion, family love and discrimination.