Rob Allerton has problems. His stepfather, Josiah Foy, is determined to make a shipping clerk out of him, but Rob hates everything about the family business. And when he isn't getting into trouble at work, Rob and his half-sister Rachel are being set up for trouble at home by their stepbrother, Thomas. Then, on top of everything else, smallpox breaks out. Rob's friend, Dr. Boylston, has a radical new treatment that may save people from smallpox, but Josiah Foy refuses to even consider letting his family be inoculated. How can Rob convince his stepfather to risk Dr. Boylston's treatment before his family contracts the deadly disease?
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Abrecan afternoon apothecary arrived Aunt Beth back room Boston Boylston boys brother called Campbell carriage close Cotton Mather counting house counting room desk doctor door eyes face father fire Foy Shipping Lines Freegrace gave Rob grabbed hand heard horse race hot cider hurried Indians inoculation Josiah Foy jumped kitchen kitten Kitty Lankford leave Long Wharf looked Marcus Master Robert meeting house morning Moseley Mother and Rachel musket Neponset never night Noah Patuckson prayer pulled pumpkin bread Punkapaog quickly quiet Reverend Checkley Reverend Mather ride Rob asked Rob felt Rob nodded Rob took Rob wanted Rob wondered Robert Allerton saddle Sam's smallpox smile stairs stepfather stepped stop supper sure talk tell Thank There's thing Thomas Thomas lay Thomas's thought Tommy Uncle Nathan Vetch village voice waiting walked window young Robert Zabdiel Boylston