Mary Lambert has grown up sheltered on her beloved island of Martha's Vineyard. Her family lineage can be traced back to one of the first deaf islanders. Now, over a hundred years later, many people are deaf and nearly everyone can communicate in sign language. Things are rapidly changing though. Tensions between English settlers and natives are building--and the arrival a young scheming scientist seeking to study the origins of deafness on the island leads Mary into a cruel experiment where she is the live specimen.
Deaf author Ann Clare LeZotte weaves a riveting story inspired by the true history of a thriving deaf community on Martha's Vineyard in the early 19th century.