1. In chapter 1, Tabitha daydreams of something she desperately wants but thinks she will never have. How would faith in God help Tabitha have hope of seeing her dreams fulfilled? What are your dreams?
2. Dominick is an indentured servant, a form of short-term slavery. How might his heart and soul, as well as his body, be under bondage?
3. In chapter 3, Raleigh returns to Tabitha after having abandoned her years before, and wants to renew a relationship with her. Would you have reacted as Tabitha does, or in an entirely different manner? If differently, how would you treat someone who had hurt you deeply?
4. Tabitha bears heart wounds that keep her separated from God. What heart wounds have separated you from the Lord’s love and grace?
5. Being a midwife sets Tabitha apart from other women and causes her to be feared by some men. Would you have the courage to be a near outcast for the sake of your vocation? Why or why not?
6. In chapters 1 and 8, we find Dominick on the beach when he isn’t supposed to be. Although he has a mission to complete, does the end—the good of many—justify the means of violating his master’s orders? Does any duty justify breaking the law? If so, in what instance?