William Bradford is just eighteen when he leaves England with the Separatist congregation to move to Holland. The congregation eventually settles in Leyden, but, battling to make a living, they decide to move again, this time to America.
Severe opposition to the Separatist faith hinders the Pilgrims’ efforts to secure permission to emigrate. The voyage on the Mayflower is plagued with difficulties and terrible sickness. But the Pilgrims make it to Plymouth, New England where they begin the struggle to build a colony. William Bradford as the governor of that colony is their strength. But can his determination bring them through near starvation? Can he control mutinous newcomers? Can he protect them from Indians? Can he turn around failed harvests? As the colony grapples with the wilderness, Will’s heart aches for a forbidden love.
ONE SMALL CANDLE is the story of the birth of a nation, and is based on the true story of William Bradford and the Pilgrim Fathers.