May, 1637

"There's no sense in blaming yourself for it, Ryan," Dr. Jeff Adams said. "Meg has a congenital heart defect. Nobody is doing open-heart surgery down-time. Nobody will be for decades. That's just the way it is."

"But if I hadn't gotten her pregnant . . ."

"If she had died a virgin, she would still have died before she was twenty-five."

Ryan Baker looked down at his boots . . .

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