Gate in the Fence of Time

​A Journey to the Birth of America


A car skids on a wet highway  to Williamsburg. John Sinclair,, former special-forces fighter, his wife  Susan, a teacher, and their grown children, feel suspended as the car  comes to rest without a crash. With altered perceptions, they  time-travel to Virginia in 1775. John befriends a colorful Scottish  veteran of 18th century campaigns. Susan finds a Quaker woman with a  tragic past and learns secrets of leading families. Their college senior  son Peter's quest to free a slave named Evie leads him to Annie, a  spiritual and magical free African woman. His sister Megan helps Mark,  an indentured blacksmith and his friend, Standing Elk, a Native American  holy man.

By David Robert Berry 2016

 The family is conflicted by many surprising things they learn about our history:

•  "No taxation without representation" did not trigger war. The Stamp Tax  & Townshend Duties were repealed many years before.

• The  Quebec Act created an appointed rather than elected government there and  gaved Quebec control of the land west of the 1763 Proclamation Line  along the Appalachian Mountains. Prominent people in the Colonies were  secret investors in land development companies working illegally west of  the line. They determined to defy the Quebec Act.

• The  Massachusetts Government Act revoked the colony's charter and declared  that government would be appointed by the Crown, similar to the system  in Quebec, leaders throughout the colonies cried “Tyranny.”

• The British set free as many slaves as did the Underground Railroad later, but few made it to a life in freedom.

•  The young George Washington worked with for by a distant cousin who was  heir and namesake of Thomas, Baron Cameron, the 3rd Earl of Fairfax who  overthrew the King a century before. Did that influence our history?