Meet the Characters
Muirin McAlister Meade - an Ulster Irish girl born on the island of Ospo (Jekyll) in the spring of 1722 and orphaned at the age of 19. She has a nymph-like quality, seemingly knowing eyes whose spirit entwines with the island. Her mother, Katherine Meade, births her on the island in the waters, names her Muirin (meaning 'water') and raises her away from society, thus Muirin knows nothing of hatred, war, pain and prejudice. She only knows love, thus she brings this quality to the stories of Aidan, Ruha and Ekana.
Lieutenant William Aidan Sutherland - a Scottish-born British soldier serving under General Oglethorpe to further the colony of Georgia established under the rule of King George. His name Aidan means 'fire' and his legacy is blood and war. He is a fourth generation fighting man who has seen very little love in his life and the entitled prejudice he brings to the island begins a tempest in the hearts of Muirin, Ruha and Ekana.
Ruha - a young Gullah slave girl born in Sierra Leone and brought to the Americas to work on the rice plantations near Beaufort, South Carolina. She is a runaway and finds her way to the islands off the coast of Georgia. Her name means 'wind' and she sweeps across the island bringing her Gullah-speak and her strong powerful voice bespeaking the wisdom of her grandmother, who died during the onslaught of 'dem buckrahs' (white men) through her village beneath the mountains of Bintamani in Africa.
Ekana - a young Mocama Creek Indian warrior whose wisdom and love of the land weaves into the stories of the three other people he meets on the island of Ospo. His name means 'earth' and his connection to the land binds Muirin, Aidan and Ruha as he seeks answers to why the 'este-mocasv' (the white men) are taking over his homeland.