The colony of Roanoke was established in the fall of 1557, and it is now winter. John White recently left to collect supplies from England because the colony only brought enough for the voyage and desperately need more. The colonists came for opportunity in the exciting New World, but the harsh reality is that they know nothing about it. The colonists have to find a way to survive not just the challenges of finding food and surviving, but also debate if the want to attack the natives or search for peace. They can no longer count on their governor, John White, because they have no way of knowing when he will return. This means the colonists have to find a way to survive on their own.