In chapter 1, Kit is traveling to America to live with her uncle and aunt. When Kit sees her first sight of land in a long time, she is overcome with joy. She wants to step her first step on America. She decides to go on a longboat with the Mrs. Eaton to set foot on Saybrook.
When Kit is traveling back on a longboat to the ship, a girl's doll falls out of the boat. Kit, wanting to save it but not wanting to draw attention, is wondering which decision to take. Meanwhile, the girl is crying.
Kit finally makes a decision and jumps in the water to save the doll. Nate jumps in after her because he doesn't think that she can swim. After she gets it, she and Nate have a big argument and she finally relents and now travels to Wethersfield.