The wonderful summertime theater performances of the Lost Colony have entertained audiences on Roanoke Island since before World War II. As throngs of tourists flock to enjoy the beaches and beauty of North Carolina's Outer Banks a story has unfolded about the first English colony in the New World founded in 1587.
This tale has been repeated and written about so often that the legend is given historical credence over the actual facts. John White's very sad story of loosing his daughter, grand daughter, Virginia Dare,
and the other men, women and children of Sir Walter Raleigh's great undertaking for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and for England has inspired the theater audiences and history buffs with this heart-wrenching account of abandonment and disappearance.
Where did they go when John White finally was able to get a ship to take him back to Roanoke Island? This is usually where the story ends. Then along comes a young man willing to dig for facts in historical archives as well as in the ground, Scott Dawson, a native of the land, who through painstaking investigation, brings us the possible answer to history's mystery.
Dawson's book will entertain and inform the reader with its breezy written style and well researched account of human anguish and willingness to do whatever may be necessary for overcoming abandonment and surviving life's darkest moments. Scott Dawson is not a professional historian or archeologist but a detective of history who has followed his leads to help solve a 400 year old mystery.