Into the WildernessBook - 2002
In the Allegheny Mountains of eighteenth-century Pennsylvania, young Jessica Matthews falls in love with long hunter Noah Barnes, after he rescues her from an Iroquois attack near her parents' cabin, but their growing romance is jeopardized when Noah is forced to leave to take care of business in Virginia and Jessica is captured by the Iroquois. Reprint.
Set in 1750's Pennsylvania, INTO THE WILDERNESS depicts life in the Allegheny Mountains and the Northeast at the beginning of the French and Indian War. Noah Wilde is a "long hunter," a man who hunts game for settlements and forts and is sometimes gone for months at a time.
Sixteen-year-old Jessica Matthews is attacked by Ottawa Indians and is saved by Noah, who is wounded in the encounter. As Noah recovers at Jessica's mountain cabin, he and Jessica fall in love, but Noah, who is secretly spying for the English government, has a mission to fulfill and is forced to leave once he recovers.
Noah's role in an earlier French versus English battle forces his imprisonment, and he is unable to return to Jessica in time to save her and her family from an Indian attack that leaves her parents and brother dead and sees Jessica captured by Delaware Indians.
After his release, Noah is sent on a new mission with a young George Washington, and when he discovers what happened to Jessica, he leaves to search for her. He once again risks his life to free her.
Although Noah and Jessica are fictitious characters, INTO THE WILDERNESS is filled with real history, characters, and adventures that depict the courage and determination necessary for the birth and growth of the United States of America.
Jessica Matthews falls in love with long hunter Noah Barnes, but their growing romance is jeopardized when Noah is forced to leave to take care of business in Virginia, and Jessica is captured by the Iroquois.