When I read recently in the New York Times about the possibility of Scotland exiting the United Kingdom, I was confused. I had no idea Great Britain had nationality problems. I found answers to this puzzle in a surprising place.

The Immigrant, a debut novel by Hart Haven resident Alfred Woollacott 3rd is the life story of John Law, a Scotsman who left his native land for the new world in 1651. The transition was harrowing. Mr. Law, at age 15, fought for Scotland in the English Civil War. After being captured by Cromwell’s forces, he survived a death march to Durham, England, where he was shipped to colonial America aboard the Unity in shackles.

Upon landing in Boston in the winter of 1651, Mr. Law became an indentured servant working as a public sheep herder for the community of Concord. Concord becomes for Mr. Law his “New Scotland.” Eventually he marries an English woman, they have children and acquire land.

For people interested in colonial history, Mr. Woollacott’s portrayal of Puritan theocracy, the problems between colonists and Native Americans, and the general hardships of colonial life are extremely well done. The author also answers my questions about Scotland’s national grievances. John Law is clearly treated as a second-class citizen in English colonial America. The historical research that went into this book is impressive.

For those interested in a gripping tale, Mr. Woollacott delivers here, too. He writes with color, creating scenes with drama and pathos. He also has an uncanny ability to get into the heads of his characters.

The best thing about this book is that it will continue. John Law is Mr. Woollacott’s great-great-great-great-grandfather. The author plans two additional novels to bring his family up-to-date.

To get a sense of Mr. Woollacott’s project, check out his website at myfourleggedstool.com.