|About the Book|
Caleb Whitcomb is an eleven-year-old boy living with his mother and father in pre-Revolutionary Maryland. His abusive father is a sharecropper scrabbling to raise tobacco on the outskirts of the plantation of a kind and considerate Quaker family.MoreCaleb Whitcomb is an eleven-year-old boy living with his mother and father in pre-Revolutionary Maryland. His abusive father is a sharecropper scrabbling to raise tobacco on the outskirts of the plantation of a kind and considerate Quaker family. Caleb suffers almost daily beatings from his father, and is forced to do the work of a grown man in the tobacco fields. He can only stand by helplessly when his fathers rage is occasionally focused on his talented and obviously educated mother, who suffers in silence. During a trip to the port of George Town on the Potomac River to sell the harvested tobacco, Calebs father is shanghaied by some sailors to fill their ships crew and Caleb must return home alone. After his fathers disappearance, life on the farm is more bearable for Caleb and his mother in the form of assistance from Mr. Townshend, the plantation owner, who presents Mrs. Whitcomb with a business deal - for her time spent teaching Zeb, one of Mr. Townshends field hands, Zeb will in turn provide an extra hand to help with the work around the Whitcombs farm. Things run smoothly for a while, then tragedy strikes, when Calebs mother succumbs to complications from childbirth and since his father has never returned, Caleb is left a virtual orphan. He is taken in by the Townshends and grows quickly and strongly, both physically and spiritually, under the guiding hands of the considerate Quakers. The Fathers of Caleb Whitcomb takes you on an exhilarating ride through Calebs growth to manhood, love and marriage, and becoming a father himself and considered a Quaker elder. Then Caleb is once again faced with the reality of what his father has become when he comes begging Caleb forhelp in his last days. Then, quite by chance, Caleb finally learns the truth about his heritage.